Still reading the fascinating 1861 by Adam Goodheart. He talks about the attempts to avoid the Civil War through concessions to the southern states and a proposed amendment to the Constitution, and it sounded so much like today’s turmoil in Congress. They were basically going to give the secessionists everything they wanted, but it still wasn’t good enough. You can understand why they went so far; anything would have been acceptable to preserve the Union and avoid war. Same with the Munich Pact just prior to World War II. Nowadays the stakes aren’t quite so high, but the results may be just as inevitable.