America's Great Debate

Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union
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Released: Jul 20, 2015
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ISBN: #9781452629421
Narrator/s: Norman Dietz
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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The Mexican War introduced vast new territories into the United States, among them California and the present-day Southwest. When gold was discovered in California in the great Gold Rush of 1849, the population swelled, and settlers petitioned for admission to the Union. But the U.S. Senate was precariously balanced with fifteen free states and fifteen slave states. Up to this point, states had been admitted in pairs, one free and one slave, to preserve that tenuous balance in the Senate. Would California be free or slave? So began a paralyzing crisis in American government, and the longest debate in Senate history.Fergus Bordewich tells the epic story of the Compromise of 1850 with skill and vigor, bringing to life two generations of senators who dominated the great debate. Luminaries such as John Calhoun, Daniel Webster, and Henry Clay-who tried unsuccessfully to cobble together a compromise that would allow for California's admission and simultaneously put an end to the nation's agony over slavery-were nearing the end of their long careers. Rising stars such as Jefferson Davis, William Seward, and Stephen Douglas-who ultimately succeeded where Clay failed-would shape the country's politics as slavery gradually fractured the nation.The Compromise saved the Union from collapse, but it did so at a great cost. The gulf between North and South over slavery widened with the strengthened Fugitive Slave Law that was part of the complex Compromise. In America's Great Debate Fergus Bordewich takes us back to a time when compromise was imperative, when men swayed one another in Congress with the power of their ideas and their rhetoric, and when partisans on each side reached across the aisle to preserve the Union from tragedy.

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Author(s): Fergus M. Bordewich
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Sep 10, 2012

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Author(s): Fergus M. Bordewich
Narrator(s): Norman Dietz
Genre: History
Product Number DD20560
Released: Sep 10, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452609423
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Author(s): Fergus M. Bordewich
Genre: History
Product Number EB00570609
Released: Sep 25, 2014
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781439141687

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