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The Peace That Almost Was

The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War
  • By Mark Tooley
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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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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780718022235
    • Manufacturer: Thomas Nelson Pub
    • ISBN 13: 9780718022235
    • Language of Text: English
    • Publication Date: 07/14/2015
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Mark Tooley
    • Page Count: 320

     
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