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Bordewich, Fergus M
America's great debate : Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the compromise that preserved the Union / Fergus M. Bordewich
Alternate Title Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the compromise that preserved the Union
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E423 .B73 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Compromise of 1850
Subject Clay, Henry, 1777-1852
Douglas, Stephen A. (Stephen Arnold), 1813-1861
United States -- Politics and government -- 1815-1861
Subject(s) Slavery -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Subject United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes
Physical Description x, 480 p. : maps ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [445]-463) and index
Contents "A frenzy seized my soul" -- One bold stroke -- "Order! order! order!" -- That demon question -- Ultima thule -- One of nature's nobles -- "We have another epidemic" -- The city of magnificent intentions -- Deadlock -- The godlike Daniel -- A great soul on fire -- Wounded eagle -- "Secession! peaceful secession!" -- A higher law -- A man of unbounded confidence -- "He is not dead, sir!" -- "Let the assassin fire!" -- Filibusters -- A legislative saturnalia -- A pact with the devil -- "War, open war" -- "All is paralysis" -- The wreck of the Omnibus -- A steam engine in britches -- "Break your masters' locks!" -- "It is time we should act" -- Triumphs -- A scandalous outrage
Summary The spellbinding story behind the longest debate in U.S. Senate history: the Compromise of 1850, which brought together Senate luminaries on the eve of the Civil War in a desperate effort to save the Union

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