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On the Brink of Civil War: The Compromise of 1850 and How it Changed the Course of American Historyby Waugh, John C.
Publisher: SR Books
Retail Price: $17.95
Issue: Spring 2004
John C. Waugh, a writer of highly regarded popular history, turns his attention to the work of Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John C. Calhoun in the Senate during the last major effort of their long political carriers. Also, Waugh discusses the roles of four young Senators involved in the shaping of the Compromise of 1850: Henry Steward, Stephen A. Douglas, Salmon P. Chase, and Mexican War hero Jefferson Davis.