Professional Development: Henry Clay, the American System & the Politics of Liberty in Antebellum America, Feb 9-12, Lexington

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February 9, 2017 to February 12, 2017
Kentucky, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies

Kentucky Social Studies Teachers Professional Development
Offered by the McConnell Center Civics Education Program

Henry Clay, the American System & the Politics of Liberty in Antebellum America

February 9-12, 2017
Campbell House Inn

1375 South Broadway Road, Lexington, Kentucky, 40504

Applications due October 20, 2016.

A four-day conference hosted by the McConnell Center for Kentucky social studies teachers (grades 5-12); limited to 15. Preference will be given to teachers who have not participated in a McConnell Center professional development opportunity. Pre-reading required.

Henry Clay's legacy includes nearly half a century of service as a U.S. Representative and Senator from Kentucky. Readings will progress through Clay's early life in Kentucky, his path to power, his views on politics, slavery, war, the economy, the controversial election of 1824, his rivalry with Andrew Jackson and the late stages of Clay's life and career. The conference topics will track Henry Clay's career chronologically and feature relevant excerpts from his writings, focusing on how the issues of political freedom and identity in his day illuminate the ongoing quest for a free society. Discussions will be led by Todd Estes, PhD, a history professor at Oakland University, author of The Jay Treaty Debate, Public Opinion, and the Evolution of Early American Political Culture (2006; paperback 2008).

Covered expenses for those accepted include:

  • double room accommodations at the Campbell House
  • all meals during the conference
  • all conference readings and other educational resources


Contact Info: 

Sherry Allen, McConnell Center Civics Education Program
Ekstrom Library
2215 S. 3rd Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40208 

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