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The Clays of Alabama

The Clays of Alabama

A Planter-Lawyer-Politician Family

by Ruth Ketring Nuermberger

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

352 Pages, 6.00 x 9.25 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780813154114
  • Published: July 2014



Of unique interest to the student of nineteenth century America is this account of the Alabama Clays, who in their private life were typical of the slaveholding aristocracy of the old South, but as lawyer-politicians played significant roles in state and national politics, in the development of the Democratic party, and in the affairs of the Confederacy.

In the period from 1811 to 1915, the Clays were involved in many of the great problems confronting the South. This study of the Clay family includes accounts of the wartime legislation of the Confederate Congress and the activities of the Confederate Commission in Canada. Equally interesting to many readers will be the intimate view of social life in ante-bellum Washington and the story of the domestic struggles of a plantation family during and after the war, as revealed through the letters of Clement Claiborne Clay and his wife Virginia.