America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Fergus M. Bordewich, David Levering Lewis (moderator)
Wed, July 18th, 2012 | 8:00 pm


In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of lectures on popular topics to stimulate your mind, including Civil War history, politics, biography and the economy.

In the aftermath of the Mexican-American War, the debate on how to incorporate the newly acquired western territories created a paralyzing crisis in American government and the longest debate in Senate history. Author Fergus M. Bordewich, in coversation with David Levering Lewis, tells the epic story of the Compromise of 1850 and the two generations of senators who dominated the great debate.

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Fergus M. Bordewich is the author of several books, including Washington: The Making of the American Capital, Killing the White Man's Indian and, most recently, America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the UnionDavid Levering Lewis (moderator) is Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History at NYU. He won two Pulitzer Prizes for his two-part biography of W.E.B. DuBois and is a recipient of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.


This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues). Please note that not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation and Oxford University Press.

Photo credit: Jack Barschi

Creative: Tronvig Group