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    (Americas Great Debate) PDF KINDLE ½ Fergus M. Bordewich Fergus M. Bordewich ↠ 0 read & download Most Americans seem to know little about this period let alone care to learn about it The author argues that if Civil War had started earlier the outcome would have been far different Some thought provoking facts are given in the epilogue too which greatly suggest an earlier Civil War would have partitioned the country into many parts and that the North would have been hard pressed to have wonThe Great Triumvirate is prominent in this tale

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    (Americas Great Debate) PDF KINDLE ½ Fergus M. Bordewich I learned a lot about the workings of the antebellum Congress but this was a LOOOONNNNGGGG book I also could have used a glossary with freuently used terms I kept forgetting what the Wilmot Proviso was

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    characters Americas Great Debate Fergus M. Bordewich ↠ 0 read & download (Americas Great Debate) PDF KINDLE ½ Fergus M. Bordewich America’s Great Debate would be a timely work in just about any period but it is a particularly important read in 2019 The book is masterfully written and distills complicated back and forths into a coherent whole while creating rich portraits of a number of leaders Focused laser like on the Compromise of 1850 the crux of the cont

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    characters Americas Great Debate (Americas Great Debate) PDF KINDLE ½ Fergus M. Bordewich Fergus M. Bordewich ↠ 0 read & download This book covers a crucial span in American history but one which is barely covered in a paragraph in textbooks today This debate postponed and probably precipitated the Civil War a decade later The readable and credible story unfolds as did the Senate debate in a long complex and uncertain manner Sometimes my contemporary impatience for the outcome would get the better of me But as I read it I felt it was imp

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    Fergus M. Bordewich ↠ 0 read & download (Americas Great Debate) PDF KINDLE ½ Fergus M. Bordewich This is an academic work that discusses the problems facing the United States in regards to free state versus slave state pr

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    characters Americas Great Debate (Americas Great Debate) PDF KINDLE ½ Fergus M. Bordewich Has a book ever jumped off a library shelf and into your arms as if to scream Read me now you fool It happened to me Monday and I am so glad it did AMERICA'S GREAT DEBATE by Fergus M Bordewich a name only his mother could like is absolutely flat out terrific Published a few months ago it brings history to life just as David McCull

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    (Americas Great Debate) PDF KINDLE ½ Fergus M. Bordewich While at the Northshire Bookstore for Booktopia 2013 Manchester I asked the resident history book expert for recommendations on a book about the history of Congress having read several presidential biographies and just seen Lincoln and this wa

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    (Americas Great Debate) PDF KINDLE ½ Fergus M. Bordewich This book is a detailed but lively narrative of one of the least understood events in antebellum history Most of us know some of the outcomes of the Compromise California admitted as a free state stronger Fugiti

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    (Americas Great Debate) PDF KINDLE ½ Fergus M. Bordewich This book was LOADED with detail I have read well over 100 books on this period of time in our history I am now starting with books leading up to the Civil War and I count this as one of the tops Just a note thoughthis book is a slower read Because of the detail and trying to keep information straight I was only able to read about 20 pages

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    (Americas Great Debate) PDF KINDLE ½ Fergus M. Bordewich I highly recommend this book I've read tons of books on the civil war but none on the key period leading up to it The 1850 debate is fascinating and Bordewich does a tremendous job making the story come alive It's terrific

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free read Americas Great Debate 100 The spellbinding story behind the longest debate in US 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 UnionThe 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 US Senate was precariously balanced with fifteen free states and fifteen slave states Up to then states had been admitted in pairs one free and one slave to preser. America s Great Debate would be a timely work in just about any period but it is a particularly important read in 2019 The book is masterfully written and distills complicated back and forths into a coherent whole while creating rich portraits of a number of leaders Focused laser like on the Compromise of 1850 the crux of the controversy is over what to do with territories recently acuired from the Mexican American War The delicate slave state free state balance that kept both sides somewhat satisfied for the first seven decades of the republic was threatened by the entry of numerous new states many which were likely to be located north of the 36 30 Compromise line where slavery was to be banned Fergus M Bordewich put together a wonderful narrative which weaved together three threads simultaneously The first of these strands was a story about difficult compromise in the middle of the nineteenth century and the men who both opposed it and brought it about In this respect it pulls back the curtain on several men overlooked in many discussions of our country s past America s Great Debate is also a tale of a country nearly falling apart and being pulled back from the precipice But ultimately it is a fatalistic tale the debate over the spread of slavery functioning as prelude to a war which would rip apart the United States a decade and a half after the book s conclusion The book features few heroes even those politicians seeking to contain slavery often do so for cynical reasons along the lines of keeping free labor from competing in the north or west Bordewich at first conceals his disdain for southern leaders like Jefferson Davis a senator from Mississippi during America s Great Debate and John C Calhoun the South Carolina senator governor and US vice president who is active in the book s earlier stages but attentive readers will be able to tell his distaste for their hypocrisy and blind spots The southern firebrands willingness to tear apart the country by threatening secession if slavery was not allowed into newer territories and their insistence on turning northerners into slave catchers against their will are not looked at with much in the way of both sides ism by Bordewich Instead he makes it clear without beating readers over the head that southern complaints of being mistreated despite being overrepresented in the Senate and Electoral College courtesy of the three fifths compromise were dishonest attempts to continue the Slave Power s outsized political influence The embrace of anti democratic mechanisms seem to echo discourse today as America s reactionary elements continue to complain of unfairness despite the playing field being tilted toward rural less progressive areas This is accomplished today like it was two centuries before via the Senate four Senators for the Dakotas population 16 million and just two for California population 40 million The absurdity that not only should this anti democratic slant hold for the Senate which was intended to be somewhat anti democratic but also for the executive branch which given the executive s national reach appeals naturally to arguments of one person one vote via the Electoral College today is similar to the methods resorted to by increasingly alienated slaveholders two centuries ago If any individual could be given the label of a hero it is William Seward The New Yorker comes across as consistently abolitionist and willing to stand up to the South s acolytes in his willingness to hold to this conviction The sort of scorn heaped on him would mirror that heaped on President Lincoln a decade or two later Senators Henry Clay and to a lesser extent Stephen Douglas and Thomas Hart Benton are the men the narrative centers aroundAs a Kentuckian Clay has sympathies with both the north and south in the debate raging over what to do about the newly acuired territories from Mexico The majority of the book consists of the Great Compromiser trying to push an omnibus bill through which addresses the concerns of both geographic sections The thrice failed Whig presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House even comes out of retirement in an effort to forge a compromise over how to organize the western lands bound to become all or parts of California New Mexico Arizona Utah Colorado and Texas But Clay is himself a slave owner a man only marginally forward looking on the issue of human bondage than his true believing southern colleagues Like many abolitionists a label he would have loathed to be applied to himself William Seward and William Lloyd Garrison aside he is shown to have little belief in racial euality expressing this by serving as a leader in the effort to colonize Africa with eventually freed slaves The failure of Clay s omnibus bill is seen as an opportunity by Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas the man who would perhaps go on to become best known for the debates related to his 1858 campaign for the Senate in Illinois Douglas is anxious to organize the territories into statehood But this is revealed to not seemingly be from the goodness of his bleeding heart but from a desire to profit from his investment in the building of a Pacific bound railroad After Clay s months of work ends in a collapsed effort at compromise Douglas has a solution which temporarily brings peace between the southern and northern sections By allowing for bills like statehood for California and New Mexico and a fugitive slave bill to go forward one by one as opposed to one fell swoop he allows legislators to pick and choose over the elements they will vote for and reject This ultimately fashions the Compromise of 1850 from much of the groundwork laid by Henry Clay s efforts Thomas Hart Benton serves as a freuent foil to Clay s omnibus plans No apologist for slavery he is an independent voice in the raucous legislative debate The amalgamation bill which was full of heterogeneous elements to hear the colorful Missouri senator tell it was not something he wanted shoved down the country s throat Seemingly even embracing of his western bona fides than Clay the uirky Benton desired a strategy along the lines of the one ultimately implemented voting on each piece of the territorial bill one by one instead of as one overarching instrument Men like Benton and Douglas believed that only by not going too far overboard in a single bill could the Union be savedJohn C Calhoun as he so often does is credited with moving southerners off a crouching defensive on the slavery issue into a full embrace of it The senator s words underscore this shift to explaining slavery as a virtue for the white and black race alike The father of Nullification ends up being the grandfather of the Civil War which took place not twenty years after the South Carolinian s deathThe Mississippian Henry Foote is also a believer in the slavery system but he is a comparatively moderating voice in the legislature Unlike Calhoun or Davis he often comes across as willing to compromise so as to avoid a schism between the north and south He is one of the few non radical southerners present in America s Great Debate unwilling to embrace secession or war contingent on the outcome of slavery s spread The efforts by radicals like Mississippi governor John uitman to euip an invasion of Cuba so as to expand the potential for new Caribbean slave states make for interesting subplots and reveal the desperate lengths the South was willing to go to avoid the extinction of their peculiar institution The near outbreak of war between the Texas and New Mexico territories over the former s western boundary claims made for an interesting segment Texas Governor Peter Hansborough Bell sends his military lieutenant Robert Neighbors to El Paso at the time claimed by New Mexico to essentially plant the Texan flag and claim it for the Lone Star Republic Neighbors is dispatched with his troops on a difficult journey across Texas during the winter to intimidate New Mexicans into capitulation The meager federal authority present in 1850 New Mexico receives the backing of then president Zachary Taylor a leader who bitterly disappointed southerners who expected him to carry their water upon election Lieutenant Colonel John Munroe the United States military attache to Santa Fe is placed in the position of sticking up for his territory s sovereignty against hostile Texan forces The conclusion of the debate over state hoods in Congress allows full scale war between the two present day neighboring states to be avoided Bordewich could have allowed the book to become too bogged down in the details of various amendments and parliamentary procedures but he gives just enough information on these without taking away from the project s forward momentum There is a message of the importance of compromise and the flawed motives which often guide those we call public servants America s Great Debate s most valuable means for telling a relevant story for the twenty first century lie in the picture it paints of how far human nature will go to cling to the status uo and justify the unjustifiable much longer than would seem would be the case In this fossil fuels could be neatly though not perfectly substituted for slavery and much of the story would still be recognizable An attachment to an economic system and way of life and not seeing a way forward without it can lead otherwise reasonable people to become desperate and dismissive of any inconvenient evidence Even the willingness to create new markets for this system along the lines of the invasion of Caribbean islands and a relentless push to open the western states to slavery dovetails with fossil fuel companies constant push into new regions once their influence and methods become suspect domestically Think you can t regulate us too much or move away from our product too much or we will just flee to drill or addict a hospitable host and customer As a further corollary much of the country primarily areas in the north and west had already phased out the institution or were in the process of doing so But not coincidentally these areas as with fossil fuels today were often the same ones whose economic systems were not dependent on its perpetuation Bordewich does away with the claim that slavery was somehow on its way out in the South and would have died an eventual peaceful death He underscores that the domestic market for it was strong and the sale of slaves not tapering off alongside this the southerners growing attachment to it as both a lifestyle and economic must have made it unlikely it would be gone any time soonAmericans must hope debates over environmental degradation end better than America s Great Debate ultimately did Despite the best efforts to compromise at the highest levels of government it still took a highly destructive war to settle the matter for good Such can often be the case when economic concerns lie at the heart of the matter This truth that not all happy endings are bloodlessly purchased is a primary takeaway from Bordewich s masterly work Andrew Canfield Denver Colorado

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free read Americas Great Debate 100 Ve 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 historyFergus 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 Wi. Has a book ever jumped off a library shelf and into your arms as if to scream Read me now you fool It happened to me Monday and I am so glad it did AMERICA S GREAT DEBATE by Fergus M Bordewich a name only his mother could like is absolutely flat out terrific Published a few months ago it brings history to life just as David McCullough s books do Who would a thunk a book about the Compromise of 1850 could be interesting let alone fascinating Well in Bordewich s hands it is He paints vivid portraits of California during the Gold Rush of stentorian US senators giving hour long orations from memory of frontier Texas where gunslingers shoot first and ask uestions later of legends like Henry Clay Stephen Douglas Daniel Webster John Calhoun Jefferson Davis and certainly not most Zachary Taylor a country bumpkin in the White House If you like history I m betting you will love this book Do do do check it out

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free read Americas Great Debate 100 Lliam Seward and Stephen Douglas who ultimately succeeded where Clay failed would shape the country’s politics as slavery gradually fractured the nationThe 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 when partisans on each side reached across the aisle to preserve the Union from traged. While at the Northshire Bookstore for Booktopia 2013 Manchester I asked the resident history book expert for recommendations on a book about the history of Congress having read several presidential biographies and just seen Lincoln and this was the closest he could recommendThe book definitely delivered it not only gave me a great picture of a year of Congressional history at year that rivals the last few for partisan conflict and lack of a accomplishment as well as new a appreciation for the scope of the Compromise of 1850

  • Hardcover
  • 496
  • Americas Great Debate
  • Fergus M. Bordewich
  • English
  • 07 March 2020
  • 9781439124604