'Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union' DVD available online

(Sept. 29, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The McConnell Center helps underwrite a 56-minute documentary on Henry Clay and the comprises of 1820, 1833 and 1850.

Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union,' a documentary on Henry Clay and the compromises of 1820, 1833 and 1850, is available for purchase online. The 56-minute production is partially underwritten by the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville.

"Henry Clay is Kentucky's greatest statesman. He probably saved the nation more than once from an earlier civil war and served as a mighty voice for republican government in the 19th century," said Dr. Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center. "We are honored to have helped make this extraordinary film possible. We hope it gets the wide national audience it and our Henry Clay deserve."

The documentary, listed for $24.95, considers Clay's role in holding off the "War between the States" and explores the impact of slavery on the westward expansion of nation. The film is illustrated with period photographs, art, footage of the old senate chamber and dramatic interpretations performed by professional actors. It is produced by Witnessing History.