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Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back

Robert Penn Warren

Publication Year: 2014

In 1979 Robert Penn Warren returned to his native Todd Country, Kentucky, to attend ceremonies in honor of another native son, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, whose United States citizenship had just been restored, ninety years after his death, by a special act of Congress. From that nostalgic journey grew this reflective essay on the tragic career of Jefferson Davis -- "not a modern man in any sense of the word but a conservative called to manage what was, in one sense, a revolution." Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back is also a meditation by one of our most respected men of letters on the ironies of American history and the paradoxes of the modern South.

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

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There are two kinds of memory. One is narrative, the unspooling in the head of what has happened, like a movie film with no voices. The other is symbolic—the image, say, of a dead friend of long ago, with a characteristic...

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The new President of the Confederacy was no longer the young-old man of beautiful manners and the poetic glance noted by Varina Howell in her letter to her mother. Nor was he...


E-ISBN-13: 9780813146676
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813114453

Page Count: 120
Publication Year: 2014

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Subject Headings

  • Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889.
  • Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
  • Confederate States of America -- Presidents -- Biography.
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