At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union

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In 1850, with Northerners demanding that slavery be outlawed in the vast new territory America had just acquired in the Mexican- American War, Southerners threatened to secede from the Union. Veteran statesman Henry Clay proffered a solution: the Compromise of 1850, which saved the Union from dissolution for the next ten years and gave the North time to build its industrial might so that it could defeat the South once secession was at hand. Historian Robert V. Remini masterfully shows how Clay’s recognition of the need for bipartisanship in times of crisis saved the Union—not once, but twice.

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Robert V. Remini, Historian Emeritus of the U.S. House of Representatives and author of more than twenty books, has been teaching and writing about American history for more than a half century. Winner of the National Book Award for his definitive three-volume biography The Life of Andrew Jackson, as well as the Spur Award, he lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

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Henry Clay was a Southerner who favored union over sectionalism and a slave owner who understood how the institution of slavery could tear the country apart. He also was a consummate politician who understood the value of true compromise--when each side gives up something to gain something important. Clay was the architect of the Compromise of 1820. This book profiles the efforts to craft a legislative package that would prevent a civil war in 1850. It is part social history and part political science primer on the legislative process. William Hughes reads the book with an air of solemnity but not somnolence. He varies his pacing, especially during quoted material, when he slows down noticeably, offering a kind of aural quotation marks. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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