Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Compromise of 1850 was meant to avert war. Instead, it merely delayed the conflict by a decade. The reading for tonight contains a variety of opinions asserting why the federal government needed to appease both the North and the South. The provisions of the Compromise were drawn up by Henry Clay--a westerner.
So--we have the benefit of hindsight. The so-called "compromise" was nothing but a delaying of the inevitable Civil War. Yet, many of the most prominent politicians were convinced it could save them. How do we make sense of this? Truly--what were they thinking?