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At the Edge of the Precipice is historian Robert V. Remini’s fascinating recounting of the Compromise of 1850, a ...
At the Edge of the Precipice is historian Robert V. Remini’s fascinating recounting of the Compromise of 1850, a titanic act of political will that only a skillful statesman like Clay could broker. 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.
A masterful narrative by an eminent historian, At the Edge of the Precipice also offers a timely reminder of the importance of bipartisanship in a bellicose age.
Chapter 1 Compromise in the Nation's Early History 1
Chapter 2 The Crisis and the Return of the Great Pacificator 37
Chapter 3 A Possible Solution 63
Chapter 4 The Great Triumvirate Weighs In 91
Chapter 5 Disaster 111
Chapter 6 Douglas to the Rescue 143
Epilogue Aftermath 157