Kentucky Sen. Henry Clay debates the admission of California in the Old Senate Chamber as President Millard Fillmore looks on.
Kentucky Sen. Henry Clay debates the admission of California in the Old Senate Chamber as President Millard Fillmore looks on. Courtesy Photo
Kentucky Sen. Henry Clay debates the admission of California in the Old Senate Chamber as President Millard Fillmore looks on. Courtesy Photo

California's statehood debate foreshadowed the American Civil War

September 12, 2015 08:57 PM