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"Henry Clay and the Struggle for the union" Now on KET

Witnessing History has produced an important documentary on Henry Clay, "Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union." The film focuses on how Clay stalled the Civil War for over 4 decades as settlers moved westward while expanding slavery . The visual canvas of the documentary is painted with extraordinary works of period art and rarely seen photographs. According to Witnessing History's website:

“Nearly twenty art museums and historical societies from all across the Country, including the National Portrait Gallery, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, The U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Washington DC, The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, Lexington, The Hermitage, The Home of Andrew Jackson, Nashville and the City of Boston have contributed illustrations from their collections. Scenes portraying Henry Clay at Ashland and in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate with his colleagues, performed by professional actors, were filmed and appear throughout the documentary. Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union is the first documentary ever produced on Henry Clay and the Compromises of 1820, 1833 and 1850.”

Partial credits:

  • Written and hosted by Kent Masterson Brown.
  • Directed by Doug High
  • Sound Design by Neil Kesterson, Dynamix Productions
  • Post Production Editing by Chris Yelton
  • Director of Photography and Offline Edit by Jarod Hamm
  • Henry Clay Reenactment by George McGee, Georgetown College

Upcoming Airdates on Kentucky Educational Television:

  • KETKY: Monday, September 19 at 10:00 am EDT
  • KETKY: Saturday, September 24 at 9:00 am EDT
  • KETKY: Saturday, September 24 at 11:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY: Sunday, October 9 at midnight EDT
  • KETKY: Sunday, October 9 at 6:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY: Tuesday, October 11 at 10:00 am EDT
  • KETKY: Tuesday, October 11 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KETKY: Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 am EDT
  • KETKY: Thursday, October 13 at midnight EDT
  • KETKY: Saturday, October 15 at 10:00 am EDT

Visit Witnessing History's website to find out more here: