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062 Heirs of the Founders: Henry Clay, John Calhoun, a​​nd Daniel Webster with H.W. Brands

The Age of Jackson Podcast
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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 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.
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H. W. Brands was born in Portland, Oregon, where he lived until he went to California for college. He attended Stanford University and studied history and mathematics. For nine years he taught mathematics and history in high school and community college. Meanwhile, he resumed his formal education, earning graduate degrees in mathematics and history, concluding with a doctorate in history from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1987 he joined the history faculty at Texas A&M University, where he taught for seventeen years. In 2005 he returned to the University of Texas, where he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History. He has written twenty-five books, coauthored or edited five others, and published dozens of articles and scores of reviews. His most recent book is Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants.
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Support for the Age of Jackson Podcast was provided by Isabelle Laskari, Jared Riddick, John Muller, Julianne Johnson, Laura Lochner, Mark Etherton, Marshall Steinbaum, Martha S. Jones, Michael Gorodiloff, Mitchell Oxford, Richard D. Brown, Rod, Rosa, Stephen Campbell, and Victoria Johnson, as well as Andrew Jackson's Hermitage​ in Nashville, TN.

Feb 08 2019

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H.W. Brands | Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants

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''Master storyteller'' (Christian Science Monitor) H. W. Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin (The First American) and Franklin Roosevelt (Traitor to His Class). Exploring such diverse subjects as Aaron Burr, Ronald Reagan, the California gold rush, Andrew Jackson, the Vietnam War, and Bill Gates, his more than two dozen books ''weave together keen political history with anecdote and marvelous sense of place'' (The Boston Globe). Brands returns with the story of the early 19th--century political giants who took up the daunting challenge of completing the constitutional work begun by the Founding Fathers.

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(recorded 11/13/2018)

Dec 07 2018

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1Q1A Dr. H.W. Brands Heirs Of The Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster, The Second Generation of American Giants

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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Dr. H.W. Brands. Dr. Brands holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr.. Chair in history at The University of Texas. An incredibly prolific author of American history and its most evocative and important periods, Dr. Brand has written 25 books, edited at least five others and has published dozens of articles and scores of reviews. He has written for the NYT, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and many others. His latest work is Heirs Of The Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster, The Second Generation of American Giants. published byDoubleday and just released These three men, successors of our founding fathers, each born within four or five years of The American Revolution, through their rivalry and, in some cases their similarities, helped to forge for good or bad the conditions which led to our great Civil War. Each had aspirations for the Presidency. Each failed. However, Clay served as Speaker of the House, and John Quincey Adams’ Secretary of State and forged the Missouri Compromise which indeed was that, allowing one state to remain slave free and the other to hold on to an unspeakable tradition. That alone is an issue that is brought with questions and wonder, and I will ask those questions today. Calhoun was Vice-President to both John Quincey Adams and andrew Jackson, essentially extolled slavery, the crown of the southern culture. I wonder why he didn’t become President just from sheer tenure. Just as I wonder today about Joe Biden. And Webster, my favorite, I guess because of Steven Vincent Benet’s short story The Devil and Daniel Webster, was a senator, secretary of state to three presidents and the most gifted courtroom advocates of his time and maybe of any time, save for Clarence Darrow maybe, well he abandoned his anti-slavery position in an attempt to wrest the Presidency from his erstwhile rivals. Once again much as Mitch Mcconnell and Charles Grassley have done today, in their flip-flops on the absurd Presidency of Donald Trump. In any event and to stop my railing, Dr. Brand has in an accessible and compelling narrative has woven the threads of the lives of these three men, The Great Triumvirate, and given us a good object lesson of the origins of Constitutional Cris and what it can lead to.

Nov 26 2018

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Hillsdale Dialogues 08-18-2017 Confederate Statues, John Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln

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Hillsdale Dialogues 08-18-2017 Confederate Statues, John Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln by Hillsdale College

Aug 23 2017

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FreeStyle Friday 8-28-15 (John Calhoun Joins the discussion)

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My brother joined the conversation and we kicked some jewels around as we discussed in a freestyle format.

Aug 31 2015

59mins

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