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Heirs of the founders : the epic rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the second generation of American giants / H.W. Brands.

Brands, H. W. (author.).
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Greenwood PL - Greenwood LARGE PRINT 973.5 BRA (Text) 36626103985933 2nd Floor New Adult Available -
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  • ISBN: 9781984833624
  • ISBN: 1984833626
  • Physical Description: x, 680 pages (large print), [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First large print edition.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages [603]-636) and index.
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In the early days of the nineteenth century, three young men strode onto the national stage, elected to Congress at a moment when the Founding Fathers were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky, as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina's John Calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery.Together this second generation of American founders took the country to war, battled one another for the presidency, and tasked themselves with finishing the work the Founders had left undone. Above all, they sought to remedy the two glaring flaws in the Constitution: its fudge on where authority ultimately rested, with the states or the nation; and its unwillingness to address the essential incompatibility of republicanism and slavery. They wrestled with these issues for four decades, arguing bitterly and hammering out political compromises that held the union together, but only just. Then, in 1850, when California moved to join the union as a free state, "the three great men of America" had one last chance to save the country from the real risk of civil war. But by then they were never further apart.Thrillingly and authoritatively, H. W. Brands narrates the little-known drama of the dangerous early years of our democracy.
Subject: Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852
Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852
Statesmen > United States > Biography
Constitutional history > United States
Large type books
United States > Politics and government > 1801-1815
United States > Politics and government > 1815-1861

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