John C. Calhoun: “On the Second Resolution Reported by the Committee on Foreign Relations”

(1811)

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From the moment he entered public life, John C. Calhoun was an impressive figure. When young members took control of the House of Representatives, Calhoun quickly became Speaker Henry Clay’s floor leader and ably carried out his duties of persuasion among representatives in order to get legislation moved through committees and to votes. On December 12, 1811, he helped change the course of America with a speech—“On the Second Resolution Reported by the Committee on Foreign Relations”...