At the Edge of the Precipice by Robert V. Remini

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

Author:  Robert V. Remini

Call #:  973.5 REM

In essence one can say the Civil War began years before it started.  As early as 1850 the country was almost certain that the Union would not survive and that the divide between North and South would only be resolved by bloodshed.  Kentucky Senator Henry Clay, known as “The Great Compromiser”, put forth a plan which he felt would be agreeable to both sides but in the end it failed to pass.  It took another plan similar to his to finally be agreed upon but his efforts and inspiration made it possible and war was avoided for at least a decade.  Robert V. Remini, historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, tells a wonderful story of the give and take of politics at the highest level and what can and can’t be possible when differing factions try to compromise based on their own self-interests.

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