The Family Legacy of Henry Clay
In the Shadow of a Kentucky Patriarch
In The Family Legacy of Henry Clay: In the Shadow of a Kentucky Patriarch, Lindsey Apple explores the personal history of this famed American and examines the impact of his legacy on future generations of Clays. Apple's study delves into the family's struggles with physical and emotional problems such as depression and alcoholism. The book also analyzes the role of financial stress as the family fought to reestablish its fortune in the years after the Civil War. Apple's extensively researched volume illuminates a little-discussed aspect of Clay's life and heritage, and highlights the achievements and contributions of one of Kentucky's most distinguished families.
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"Apple's book is more than just a biography . . . as he delves into the Clay family in Kentucky and its descendants. In focusing on Clay's family members, Apple reveals the untold back story of an American Family and the struggle that some of its members had with success, fame, depression, alcoholism, and mental illness." — The Tucson Citizen"
"Apple's writing is smooth and easy, and he handles Clay's nearly 100 descendants in a conversational style."—Bowling Green Daily News"
"Reveals the family's struggles, including those shared by many Lexington and Kentucky families with differing views of the Civil War."—Kentucky Monthly"
"Apple's book is at its best when it shows how generations of Clays struggled to reconcile the family image of Henry with changing times."—Ohio Valley History"
"A long overdue (and wonderfully readable) family biography."—H-Net Reviews"
""Apple . . . offers a long overdue (and wonderfully readable) family biography."
"apple's captivating and exhaustive account of a prominent but troubled American political family stands as an important contribution to the history of nineteenth-century America and sugggests ways future biographers of important politicians might approach their families and legacies." — Anne E. Marshall, Mississippi State University, The Journal of Southern History"
"The book was a fascinating, in depth look at a family dealing with their demons as well as those of their ancestors.
[. . .] Overall, the book was very enjoyable and an interesting study in family histories."—Georgia Library Quarterly
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