H. W. Brands: The Golden Age of the Senate
7 p.m., Thursday, February 22, 2018
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI
Through the first half of the nineteenth century, three statesmen dominated national politics. The interactions between Henry Clay of Kentucky, Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, and John C. Calhoun of South Carolina tell an important story about the immense challenges facing the second generation of American independence. In partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, the Hauenstein Center hosted H.W. Brands, the Jack S. Blanton Senior Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin, for a presentation about the
Great Triumvirate, and the nation’s highest legislative chamber, in a time when political speeches mattered.