Henry Clay's views of slavery
...Views of Slavery and Impact on American Economy Henry clay was one of the people who had a contribution to the state of slave trade in the USA abolitionists, even before the father of emancipation, Abraham Lincoln, came to the limelight. Born in a family that owned over twenty slaves, Clay must have known exactly the benefits of owning a slave, or slaves. Yet, he was one of the earliest southerners who argued against slavery. According to The Latin Library (para 17), Clay believed failing to emancipate slaves in Kentucky was hindering the state from economic development. To put action to words, he, of his own free will, freed his slaves, many years before the Civil War... and the emancipation...