Tag: Expansion and Reform

Henry Clay

The Great Compromiser Henry Clay

Henry Clay (1777-1852) WHO HE WAS: Henry Clay was a towering figure in American politics during the first half of the 19th century. Known as the “Great Compromiser” for his ability to diffuse sectional tension through well-crafted agreements, Clay served as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Secretary of State, and a prominent U.S. Senator.

Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) WHO HE WAS: Francis Scott Key was an American lawyer, author, and poet, most famously known for penning the lyrics to the United States’ national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” During the War of 1812, Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships in Chesapeake Bay, which inspired the iconic

American Flamingo, John James Audubon (1838)

American Flamingo, John James Audubon (1838)

American Flamingo, John James Audubon (1838) American Flamingo is one of the 435 hand-colored engravings that make up John James Audubon’s monumental Birds of America, issued in four volumes between 1826 and 1838. The massive publication includes life-size representations of nearly five hundred species of North American birds. Although Audubon was not the first to