CONTENTS
List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1. The Black Dan-Godlike Man Paradox3
2. Salisbury, Exeter, and Hanover12
3. Rites of Passage: To Be an Eagle or a Sparrow?28
4. Law and Politics in New Hampshire 46
5. In Congress on the Wrong Side of the War56
6. The Godlike Man Arrives in Massachusetts 70
7. One Price for Fame: Grace Fletcher Webster 86
8. Federalism and the Politics of Frustration 99
9. A Great Speech at the Right Time 108
10. Presidential Politics: The Godlike Image Begins to Tarnish122
11. The Politics of Unionism -- a Losing Game 135
12. The Godlike Man Learns How to Win -- in a Coonskin Cap 150
13. Beneath the Coonskin Cap: A Conservative Philosophy for Americans165
14. Secretary Webster Survives the Whig Blood Bath 174
15. Black Dan in Depth 190
16. The "Terrible Senator from Massachusetts " -- at Home 210
17. Webster and the "Conscience Whigs"224
18. The Great Compromise240
19. Black Dan and the Legacy of March 7, 1850254
20. The Last Time Around270
Epilogue293
Notes297
Index323

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