Henry Clay : An Era Of Growth

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Henry Clay, (1777–1852) was an American lawyer, skilled public speaker, and politician who represented Kentucky in the House of Representatives. He believed that “The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity”... The 19th century was an era of growth. During this time there were many advances in discovery, inventions, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and electricity. The Industrial Revolution, which began in Great Britain, spread to North America. Railroads were the first advancement in land transportation for centuries, changing people’s ways of living. It also powered many urbanization movements. The 19th century was exceptional in the widespread formation of new settlements throughout North America. During this time around 70 million people left their homes in Europe, and migrated to the United States. The Preamble of the Constitution, written by Gouverneur Morris, claimed to give everybody equal protection, care for those in need, and make sure freedom and fairness continued for generations to come. Throughout the 19th century, to an extent the nation did not succeed in carrying out these goals. The first goal of the US Constitution was to “provide for the common defense”, or to give everybody equal protection. The War of 1812 lasted roughly two years and was fought by the US, Great Britain, its North American colonies, and its American Indian allies.…

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