At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - HistReader - LibraryThing
This book has been on my wishlist for some time; yesterday I found it, today I read it. As interesting and informative as it was, it was worth my wait. Robert V. Remini writes a thankfully focused ... Read full review
AT THE EDGE OF THE PRECIPICE: Henry Clay and the Compromise that Saved the UnionUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
National Book Award winner and U.S. House of Representatives historian Remini (A Short History of the United States, 2008, etc.) revisits the Compromise of 1850 as an important, cautionary tale for ... Read full review