Cover

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Map, Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

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Introduction

Richard E. Beringer

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pp. vii-x

...more than the embryo stage of the Confederate president. Those who look no further than this, however, will miss much of importance, for the documents in this volume underline the significant role that he played in Mississippi and national politics before...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

...organizations named below, the work of the editorial staff would have been more difficult and less enjoyable. We are sincerely grateful to everyone who facilitated our task. The board of directors and the advisory editors have been consistently supportive; we particularly...

Editorial Staff

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pp. xv-xviii

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Editorial Method

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pp. xix-xxii

...Items composed by Davis are given preference for publication, particularly those documents that illuminate his character, opinions, philosophy, and personal relationships. Special consideration is given to letters, speeches, and documents not previously printed. An appended calendar lists all Davis material known to...

Symbols and Abbreviations

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pp. xxiii-xxvi

Repository Symbols

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pp. xxvii-xxviii

Contents

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pp. xxix-xxx

Illustrations

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pp. xxxi-xxxii

Chronology, 1849–1852

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pp. xxxiii-xliii

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The Papers of Jefferson Davis

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pp. 1-314

...that that institution, which was founded by the enlightened munificence of a foreigner, is a young institution, and is now engaged in erecting its buildings, and that its funds are entirely devoted to that object, with the exception of a very small amount only which can be devoted to scientific purposes. Hereafter it may do more; at present it can do but very little. Sir, I look upon the question that is now...

APPENDIX I: Calendar, 1849–1852

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pp. 315-407

APPENDIX II: Davis Family Genealogy Prepared with the assistance of Ernesto Caldeira

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pp. 408-422

APPENDIX III: Addenda, 1846

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pp. 423-424

Sources

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pp. 425-444

Index

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pp. 445-478

Map

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pp. 479-480