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Titre : James Hamilton of South Carolina (Hardback)
Éditeur : Louisiana State University Press, United States
Date d'édition : 2004
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
Language: English . Brand New Book. An esteemed planter, politician, and military leader influential in the affairs of both South Carolina and Texas, James Hamilton (1786--1857) so declined in reputation during the last twenty years of his life that his home state refused to acknowledge him when he died. Robert Tinkler s superb, first-published biography of Hamilton conveys the enormous drama, dignity, and pathos that marked Hamilton s pursuit of the greatness achieved by his prominent Revolutionary-era forebears and his subsequent profound reversal brought on by debt. While a member of Congress during the 1820s, Hamilton came to champion states interests over a strong central national government. As governor of South Carolina, 1830--1832, he reached the pinnacle of his political and social glory when he presided over the Nullification Crisis of 1832. Hamilton s undoing began with a series of ill-advised cotton speculations that left him deeply and very publicly in arrears by 1839. He desperately sought relief -- even supporting the Compromise of 1850 in hopes of monetary benefit, while alienating his old allies in the process. To his fellow southerners, Hamilton became a scourge and embarrassment as one who compromised his political beliefs because of fiscal distress. Perhaps even more than his political apostasy, Hamilton s unforgivable offense may have been to remind planters of their own struggles with chronic debt. Tinkler s extraordinary research into both Hamilton s life and the dynamics of reputation and debt in the antebellum South suggests that many contemporaries simply wished to forget Hamilton s plight so as to avoid facing their own financial reality. Possessing the weight of tragedy, James Hamilton of South Carolina documents a powerful man s achievements and the events and personal flaws that led to his fall. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9780807129364
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