"Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union explores the turbulent forty years leading up to the Civil War; it is the first documentary ever produced on Henry Clay of Kentucky, the most dominant public figure in the formulation of compromises in 1820, 1833 and 1850 that narrowly avoided disunion and civil war. This program examines the impact of slavery on the expansion of the Nation westward and how conflict between North and South, free States and slave States, was, in the end, irrepressible. Lavishly illustrated with stunning period photographs and art, footage of the Old Senate Chamber in the Nation's Capitol, dramatic scenes of Clay and his senate colleagues played by skilled professional actors, Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union brings the history of the years before the Civil War alive on the screen. Students will learn:What triggered the need for compromise in 1850?What compromise measures did Henry Clay propose?Besides Henry Clay, what other senators played key roles in the Compromises of 1820 and 1833, and what roles did they play with respect to the Compromise of 1850?What United States senator saved Clay's compromise?What events, after the Compromise of 1850, helped Plunge the Nation into civil war?Where did the first hostile act of the Civil War occur?" Grades 8-12. 20 minutes on DVD.
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