At the Edge of the Precipice

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  • Copyright: 2011-09-06
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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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.

Author Biography

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 the third volume of his definitive three-volume biography The Life of Andrew Jackson, as-well as the Spur Award, he lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Compromise in the Nation's Early Historyp. 1
The Crisis and the Return of the Great Pacificatorp. 37
A Possible Solutionp. 63
The Great Triumvirate Weighs Inp. 91
Disasterp. 111
Douglas to the Rescuep. 143
Epilogue Aftermathp. 157
Notesp. 161
Indexp. 173
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