In Heirs of the Founders (Doubleday, 2018), noted historian H. W. Brands gives us the parallel biographies of the three giants of the second generation of American politics: Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster. All were born during the Revolution and came of age during the War of 1812; all were Senators at a time when the Senate was considered the true focus of the Federal Government, all sought, unsuccessfully, to be President, and all were among the best orators of their age. Each represented a different section of young America, and each had a distinct approach to the great issues of the age. The task before them was to address the great unfinished business of the Constitution: the relationship between the states and the Federal Government, and the increasingly evident incompatibility between the principles of a free Republic and the existence of the institution of slavery. Three times—during the Missouri crisis of 1820, the tariff controversy of 1832, and the Crisis of 1850—they clashed, quarreled, and ultimately fashioned compromises that preserved the Union. Join us to read and discuss a lesson in how great leaders can surmount politics even more polarized than those of today. No class on 11/28/19.