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

Robert V. Remini

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ISBN 10: 1441740244 / ISBN 13: 9781441740243
Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc., U.S.A., 2010
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Title: At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and...

Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc., U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Audio CD

Book Condition:Good

Book Type: Audio Book

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It has been said that if Henry Clay had been alive in 1860, there would have been no Civil War. Based on his performance in 1850, it may well be true. In that year, the United States faced one of the most dangerous crises in its history, having just acquired a huge parcel of land from the war with Mexico. Northern and Southern politicians fought over whether slavery should be legal on the new American soil. After a Northern congressman introduced a proviso to forbid slavery in any territory acquired from Mexico, Southerners threatened to secede from the Union. Only Henry Clay, America's great compromiser, could keep the Union together, saving it from dissolution. Although the Compromise would collapse ten years later, plunging the nation into civil war, Clay's victory in 1850 ultimately saved the Union by giving the North an extra decade to industrialize and prepare.

In this masterful contribution to American history, Remini explores Henry Clay's final and most important act of bipartisanship.

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ROBERT V. REMINI, historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, has been teaching and writing about American history for more than half a century. He has written more than twenty books, including the definitive three-volume biography The Life of Andrew Jackson, which won the National Book Award (1984). His other books include biographies of Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams, and Joseph Smith. His Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars won the Spur Award for best western nonfiction from the Western Writers of America. He lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

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