Heirs Of The Founders: The Epic Rivalry Of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation Of American Giant
by H. W. Brands
- American History , For Him, Best of 2018
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On the shoulders of giants
In the early days of the nineteenth century, three young men were elected to Congress at a moment when the Founders were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts spoke for the Northern business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina's John Calhoun defended the South and slavery.
H. W. Brands reveals how this second generation of American political giants took us to war, battled for the presidency, and struggled to complete the work the Founders had left undone. In the end, they had one last chance to save the country from civil war. But by then they were never further apart.
Heirs of the Founders is a masterful account of the dangerous early years of our democracy.
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|Release Date:||November 13, 2018|