Congressional Leaders for Compromise of 1850
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The initial impetus for the Compromise of 1850 came from the old guard in the Senate, but much of the hard bargaining was undertaken by less prominent figures, including:
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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...
America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union by Fergus M. Bordewich.
The spellbinding story behind the longest debate in U.S. Senate history: the Compromise of 1850, which brought together Senate luminaries on the eve o...
The Road to Disunion: Volume I: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854 by William W. Freehling.
Far from a monolithic block of diehard slave states, the antebellum South was, in William Freehling's words, "a world so lushly various as to be a sto...
The Great Triumvirate by Merrill D. Peterson.
Enormously powerful, intensely ambitious, the very personifications of their respective regions--Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and John C. Calhoun repr...