Heirs of the Founders: The Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
H.W. Brands
Sat, May 11th, 2019 |
9:30 am to 11:00 am
(Members $38)


9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program

In the fragile early years of our democracy, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and John Calhoun—political heirs of Washington, Jefferson, and Adams—set themselves the task of finishing the work of the Founders. There were glaring issues to be resolved, especially within the Constitution itself. Historian H.W. Brands illuminates the intense rivalries and compromises of these U.S. Senate giants.

H.W. Brands holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, his latest 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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