While pointing out the numerous failures by the nation's founders to address the issue of slavery, this book dispels several myths which have become popular in today's society. It also shows how the Republican's complete control of the Federal government for more than a quarter century has impacted the country. Most importantly, it shows how the continued struggle over the power of government has defined American politics; liberal ideologies which contend that the government can solve all the problems of the people and conservative ideologies which contend that the people can solve all the problems of the government. This incredible story is both revealing and shocking. It highlights issues in America's past that few historians have ever focused on.