Margaret L. Coit
This monumental biography of John Caldwell Calhoun illustrates a dying art in American
"historical writing in "writing in the randness of the subject is treated with eually rand prose Margaret L Coit sings of the exploits of an epic figure in American history with sufficiently epic style and has produced a masterpiece of classic history From the humble origins of his family to the indelible mark "he left upon the troubled American Union Coit captures the full sweep of Calhoun s life from his intimate moments "left upon the troubled American Union Coit captures the full sweep of Calhoun s life from his intimate moments family to his electrifying addresses before the nation In this approach Coit harkens to a traditional style of American biography
if some scenes are imagined for effect or anecdotes of dubious provenance aresome scenes are imagined for effect or anecdotes of dubious provenance are they are only meant to emphasize the mythic scope of the personage under consideration Such an approach is anathema to modern scholarship which would also find fault with the lack of social context provided in this work Calhoun is the sole consideration of the author and long discourses on the times in which he lived are largely absent Coit frames Calhoun in his time but does not feel the need to excoriate that time If anything she is able to paint a better picture of America by illustrating how Calhoun represented it than how it shaped him Modern readers will likely be especially put off by Coit s assessment of Calhoun s views on race and slavery which she largely accepts without comment as just another example of his perspective on the world I would highly recommend John C Calhoun American Portrait for anyone looking for a dense and beautifully written biography of a major American figure Calhoun s ideas describe what lead to the Civil War and resonate today in the shadows John C Calhoun remains a striking and central figure in American history From 1811 to 1850 he served as representative from South Carolina secretary of war vice president secretary of state and senator. ,
Margaret L. Coit Ì 8 DownloadHe events she described happened as she tells him another reviewer described this as historical fiction which I think isn t fair So she isn t reat at describing the limits of the historical information and data that she is accessing Another fault is that she is certainly a partisan for Calhoun often explaining away and perhaps not defending his views but rationalizing them iven the circumstances of the day I think a modern biography would be much harsher on Calhoun for his treatment of the slavery issue and his support of nullificationHaving said all that the book is really charming to read or to listen to in my case Her appreciation for Calhoun and her description of South Carolina make the book very interesting And her language has a poetry about it that contemporary histories tend to lack Calhoun is portrayed as a brilliant thinker who fought for a lost cause I think it would be ood to pair this book with a contemporary account of Calhoun but I found this book to be very engaging While
Not As In Depth Andas in depth and at times as I would have liked for a one volume biography of such a complicated figure as John C Calhoun I feel that Coit did a The Horse in Celtic Culture good job of hitting all of the high notes and helping the readeret a ood feel for Calhoun In particular her analysis of Calhoun s transition from being "A Nationalist To A "nationalist to a was well done with Coit positing through her analysis that the development of his ideas was seamless than is sometimes described in works on Calhoun Overall the reader is left with an understanding of Calhoun as a complicated intellectual who unfortunately utilized his abilities to further the cause of slavery and was indirectly culpable in the dissolution of the Union. Major influence on every issue of the period A champion of state rights he is an important figure in the drama of expansion ad conflict that is at the heart of American history in the nineteenth centu. F the Trump administration Love this book Definitely a biography for its times the pre civil rights era This is definitely a book that has not aged well both in substance and in execution The book itself ives the impression of a Margaret Mitchell novel With its Every Boys Dream generous use of adjectives similes and metaphors it comes across as a love letter to John C Calhoun Because the biography is written a narrative style that often seconduesses it s characters motives it Is not a book for "those looking a solid historical record of John C Calhoun Biographer "looking for a solid historical record of John C Calhoun Biographer Coit looks at Calhoun s life
Through The Now Defunct Lensthe now defunct lens the Southern Lost Cause However the book is still worth a readlisten to understand the view points and biases of the time Coit write the I put this book aside after Chapter 5 It is fictional biography which substitutes adjectives and supposition for the elegant presentation of evidence The author skillfully contextualizes and humanizes Calhoun but does not provide a nuanced exposition of his political philosophy or principled machinations The best biography on Calhoun First off I listened this book with the narration by Charlton Griffin Part of the charm of this book was that the voice and diction of the narrator seemed perfectly matched with charm of Coit s languageCalhoun is one of the most important American politicians who never became President And I had been reading a lot about him in other biographies and histories and so I thought it would be ood to tackle him directlyThis book is definitely dated a history published in the early 1950s when historical standards were different than today For example she writes in much of a narrative approach making it seem like During the same period he was twice contender for the presidency of the United States From the beginning to the end of his career Calhoun arrested public attention and influenced public opinion having.