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

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

by Robert V. Remini

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At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union by Robert V. Remini

In 1850, America hovered on the brink of disunion. Tensions between slave-holders and abolitionists mounted, as the debate over slavery grew rancorous. An influx of new territory prompted Northern politicians to demand that new states remain free; in response, Southerners baldly threatened to secede from the Union. Only Henry Clay could keep the nation together.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465021666
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 301 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

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

Notes 161

Index 173

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