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The Peace That Almost Was
Author: Mark Tooley

Product Details:
ISBN: 9780718022235
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
Dims (mm): 162 x 235
Pub Date: 27-08-15
Pub Country: United States
Condition: NEW

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A narrative history of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference, the bipartisan, last-ditch effort to prevent the Civil War, an effort that nearly averted the carnage that followed. In February 1861, most of America's great statesmen-including a former president, dozens of current and former senators, Supreme Court justices, governors, and congressmen-came together at the historic Willard Hotel in a desperate attempt to stave off Civil War. Seven southern states had already seceded, and the conferees battled against time to craft a compromise to protect slavery and thus preserve the union and prevent war. Participants included former President John Tyler, General William Sherman's Catholic step-father, General Winfield Scott, and Lincoln's future Treasury Secretary, Salmon Chase-and from a room upstairs at the hotel, Lincoln himself. Revelatory and definitive, The Peace That Almost Was demonstrates that slavery was the main issue of the conference-and thus of the war itself-and that no matter the shared faith, family, and friendships of the participants, ultimately no compromise could be reached.

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