COVER

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Title Page, Copyright

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CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-2

Jefferson Davis by William Cooper once again—one could legitimately ask why the need for a collection of essays on Davis from someone who not too long ago...

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1. JEFFERSON DAVIS AND THE SUDDEN DISAPPEARANCE OF SOUTHERN POLITICS

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pp. 3-18

Before the Civil War, Jefferson Davis was a superlative politician. Such a claim smacks of heresy in the face of the legion of critics who have branded him as stiff-necked, unbending, doctrinaire, and overbearing. Jefferson Davis, either as an upright...

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2. JEFFERSON DAVIS AND THE POLITICS OF SECESSION

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pp. 19-32

Because Jefferson Davis is best known as president of the Confederacy, most people assume that he advocated secession and that he played a leading role in breaking...

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3. JEFFERSON DAVIS AND STATES’ RIGHTS IN THE CONFEDERACY

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pp. 33-40

States’ rights and its influence on the Confederate States of America is a staple of southern history. Perhaps its most famous, and in some ways most lasting, formulation...

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4. JEFFERSON DAVIS AND THE POLITICS OF CONFEDERATE COMMAND

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pp. 41-54

Before 1861, Jefferson Davis’s chief occupation was politics. To be sure, he had other vocations. In early manhood he had served as an officer in the U.S. Army, and since the mid...

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5. JEFFERSON DAVIS AND THE POLITICAL DIMENSIONS OF CONFEDERATE STRATEGY

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pp. 55-66

Many students of the Civil War would roll their eyes at this title, calling it preposterous. To suggest that politics might have had anything to do with Jefferson Davis...

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6. JEFFERSON DAVIS AND THE WAR IN THE WEST

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pp. 67-78

Jefferson Davis and the war in the West is such a huge topic that treating it thoroughly in a brief essay is impossible. But rather than resort to a sketchy overview of the vast...

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7. JEFFERSON DAVIS AS WAR LEADER

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pp. 79-90

As president of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis led his country in its war against the United States. The Confederate Constitution followed the U.S. Constitution in giving the president the basic powers of commander...

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8. JEFFERSON DAVIS AND THE MEANING OF THE WAR

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pp. 91-100

In the dozen years before 1861, Jefferson Davis was a national politician who became increasingly influential; by the latter half of the 1850s no southern political leader had more standing or prestige in the nation. Then during the Civil...

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9. JEFFERSON DAVIS AND TWO MONTGOMERY INAUGURALS, 1861 AND 1886

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pp. 101-108

The first inauguration of Jefferson Davis in Montgomery, Alabama, occurred in February 1861. That event is well known and its importance indisputable. The second, as I term it, took place twenty-five years later in April 1886. That occurrence...

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pp. 109-110

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 111-122

Transferring my remarks prepared for oral presentation to the printed page, I was always mindful of the assistance given by my initial audiences. Comments and questions from those who heard me speak have certainly prompted...

Notes

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pp. 123-128

Index

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pp. 140-145