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Unformatted text preview: opposed the annexation of Texas, and he restated his position in the Alabama letters, agreeing to annexation if it could be accomplished with the common consent of the Union and without war. This maneuver probably lost him New York state, with which he could have won the election. His failure was crushing for him and for the Whig party. In 1848 his party refused him its nomination, feeling that he had no chance, and his presidential aspirations were never fulfilled. He reentered (1849) the Senate when the country faced the slavery question in the territory newly acquired following the Mexican War . Clay denounced the extremists in both North and South, asserted the superior claims of the Union, and was chiefly instrumental in shaping the Compromise of 1850 . It was the third time that he saved the Union in a crisis, and thus he has been called the Great Pacificator and the Great Compromiser....
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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