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The Life and Political Career of John C. Calhoun
An overview of the life and political career of John C. Calhoun.
# 33018 | 2,900 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 19, 2003 in History (Leaders) , History (U.S. Impending Crisis, 1848-1860)

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This paper presents the political career of John C. Calhoun and discusses his orator ability, the many positions he held and his views on slavery. The paper looks at his many followers and admirers but also discusses why he had detractors. The paper highlights, however, that there was never a doubt about what was on his mind, there was never a question about how he felt and one only had to ask to get a straight answer. The paper posits that in today's political arena where politicians have speech writers who prepare them to speak vaguely on any issue, a man like Calhoun, no matter how outspoken, might be viewed as a breath of fresh air.

From the Paper:

"Much like many of the great politicians of that era Calhoun was born of modest means (Ruckstull, 1910). he originated on a small Abbeville County plantation in South Carolina(Ruckstull, 1910). Little is known of Calhoun's childhood but once he began his studies in earnest at Waddell's Academy in Georgia he moved on to attend Yale University (Ruckstull, 1910). Leaving Yale with more honors in 1804 Calhoun, like so many of our politicians have done since then, decided to study law (Ruckstull, 1910). He studied at Tapping Reeves Law School, which was located in Connecticut and then was admitted to the bar in 1807(Ruckstull, 1910). It did not take Calhoun long to decide that what he actually wanted was a life in politics (Ruckstull, 1910). He made a conscience decision at that point in his life to shape and carve his future decisions to dovetail with what would turn out to be an illustrious and promising political career(Ruckstull, 1910)."

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