From bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how America's second generation of political giants decided the shape of our democracy. In the early days of the nineteenth century, three young men strode onto the national stage. 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 Founding Fathers had left undone.
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