The Peace That Almost Was: The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War

Mark Tooley

Anno: 2015
Rilegatura: Hardback
Pagine: 320 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 235 x 162 mm
Peso: 472 gr.
  • EAN: 9780718022235
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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.