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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
Statement of responsibility
H.W. Brands
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From ... bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how, in nineteenth-century America, a new set of political giants battled to complete the unfinished work of the Founding Fathers and to decide the future of our democracy. In the early 1800s, 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 these heirs of Washington, Jefferson and Adams took the country to war, battled one another for the presidency and set themselves the task of finishing the work the Founders had left undone. Their rise was marked by dramatic duels, fierce debates, scandal and political betrayal. Yet each in his own way sought to remedy the two glaring flaws in the Constitution: its refusal to specify 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 immortal trio" had one last chance to save the country from the real risk of civil war. But, by that point, they had never been further apart. Thrillingly and authoritatively, H. W Brands narrates an epic American rivalry and the little-known drama of the dangerous early years of our democracy."--Dust jacket
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brands, H. W
Dewey number
973.5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Calhoun, John C.
  • Clay, Henry
  • Webster, Daniel
  • Calhoun, John C.
  • Clay, Henry
  • Webster, Daniel
  • Webster, Daniel
  • Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell)
  • United States
  • Clay, Henry
  • United States
  • Statesmen
  • Constitutional history
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Legislative Branch
  • Constitutional history
  • Politics and government
  • Statesmen
  • United States
  • Constitutional history
  • Politics and government
  • Statesmen
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Control code
on1023859927
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 413 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385542531
Lccn
2018010542
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1023859927
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
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Control code
on1023859927
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 413 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385542531
Lccn
2018010542
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1023859927

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