Borden, Morton. "1850: What If the Compromise of 1850 Had Been Defeated?"
Divergence: 1850 CE
What if: Zachary Taylor did not die in July 1850, and blocked Clay's great compromise.
Summary: The Civil War would have started 10 years early with Texas's invasion of New Mexico and ended in a quick southern defeat, but slavery would have continued.
Published: In Borden and Graham's Speculations on American History, q.v.
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