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

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

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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
Title
Heirs of the founders
Title remainder
the epic rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the second generation of American giants
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H. W. Brands
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eng
Summary
"From New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how America's second generation of political giants--Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John Calhoun--battled to complete the unfinished work of the Founding Fathers and decide the shape of our democracy. 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 chanceto 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"--
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collective biography
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LBSOR/DLC
Dewey number
973.5
Index
index present
LC call number
E338
LC item number
.B73 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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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
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: January 1850 -- The spirit of '76 -- To build a nation -- The people's government -- Next to our liberty -- Temptations of empire -- The fatal compromise
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780385542531
Isbn Type
: HRD
Lccn
2018010542
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(DLC)BK0022257696
Label
Heirs of the founders : the epic rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the second generation of American giants, H. W. Brands
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: January 1850 -- The spirit of '76 -- To build a nation -- The people's government -- Next to our liberty -- Temptations of empire -- The fatal compromise
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780385542531
Isbn Type
: HRD
Lccn
2018010542
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(DLC)BK0022257696

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