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    Book Discussion on At the Edge of the Precipice

    Robert Remini, historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, presents a history of the Compromise of 1850 brokered between the North and South by Kentucky Senator Henry Clay. The Compromise was born from a debate between Northern and Southern politicians who argued whether America’s newest states, gained following the Mexican war, should be free or allow slavery. The Compromise collapsed ten years after it’s agreement and led to the South’s succession. Robert Remini discussed his book at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the opening of the “Discovering the Civil War” exhibit which launches the sesquicentennial commemoration of the war’s beginning.

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    Book Discussion on The Civil War of 1812

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Talyor presents a history of the War of 1812. Mr. Taylor recalls the over two-year war between America and Britain that ended in a stalemate but established a defined boundary between the United States and Canada and put to rest any remnants of the American Revolution. The author also examines the disregard for the region’s Native American population following the war. Alan Taylor discussed his book at the Jefferson Library at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virgina.