Cover

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Map, Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

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Introduction

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pp. vii-xiv

...was elected to the United States Senate by the Mississippi legislature in January 1856 national politics were in turmoil. The Kansas-Nebraska Act two years before had thrown open to settlement the lands west of Missouri; its terms, repealing the Missouri Compromise and enabling the settlers to decide the slavery question for...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xx

...Despite a few changes in membership over the years, the board of directors of the Jefferson Davis Association has been constant in its commitment to the edition, a dedication matched by our advisory editors. Rice University, a sponsor since the project's inception...

Editorial Staff

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pp. xxi-xxiv

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Editorial Method

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pp. xxv-xxx

...Items composed by Davis are given preference for publication with annotation, particularly those documents that illuminate his character, opinions, philosophy, and personal relationships. Special consideration is given to letters, speeches, and documents not previously printed. Of...

Symbols and Abbreviations

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pp. xxxi-xxxvi

Repository Symbols

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pp. xxxvii-xxxviii

CONTENTS

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pp. xxxix-xliv

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ILLUSTRATIONS

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pp. xlv-xlvi

Courtesy United States Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks,...

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Chronology, 1856–1860

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pp. xlvii-lviii

Brackets indicate dates and activities that follow logically from information in primary...

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The Papers of Jefferson Davis

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pp. 1-384

...to my experience to have friendship as true and disinterested as I have ever found yours to be. You must not however understand me as scolding or repining at the hollowness or incertitude of man's heart. I have rather cause to be grateful for the many firm, and generous friends who have stood by me in all the changes of my fortune, and drawn closest when their aid was most needed. Before this reaches you...

Appendix I: Calendar, 1856–1860

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pp. 385-680

Appendix II: Addenda, 1845–1855

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pp. 681-686

Sources

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pp. 687-716

Index

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pp. 717-774

Map

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pp. 775-776