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Acknowledgments Academia puts a premium on scholarly work that is credited to a single author. In my experience, many support systems have to be present to enable the type of focus, time, and energy necessary to engage in any scholarly endeavor and this book is no exception. This book would not have been possible without the support of my family, colleagues, friends, and a variety of institutions. In this truncated acknowledgment section I will attempt to say thank you to the folks that had a direct impact on my ability to develop this project with the full understanding that there are certainly additional folks that worked behind the scenes that I may not even know about. My work on Jefferson ­ Davis started in the department of communication studies at the University of Georgia. I distinctly remember the Friday departmental happy hour that led to my initial research into ­ Davis’s pub­ lic discourse. In a conversation over cheap domestic beers at Tasty World, Dr. John Murphy suggested that before I waded into the contemporary debates over the rheto­ ric of South­ ern identity that I should consider starting with the pub­ lic discourse of the Confederacy and that the speeches of ­ Jefferson ­ Davis seemed like an appropriate place to begin that investigation . Despite the fact that nineteenth century pub­ lic address was a tad outside his wheelhouse, Dr. Murphy was and has continued to be a phenomenal resource. He was not only willing to read draft after draft of my chapters but he was also willing to dive into the pub­ lic discourse of the period on his own time to help me better understand the context of the rhe­ tori­ cal strategies swirling through ­ Davis’s discourse. This project simply could not have happened without his sustained attention. Beyond the dedicated efforts of Dr. Murphy, many others were crucial in helping me develop a vision for the project. Drs. Celeste Condit,­ Vanessa Beasley, and Edward Panetta provided key insights into the development x / Acknowledgments of the argument from a descriptive analy­ sis of ­ Davis’s rhe­ tori­ cal strategies to a substantive argument about ­ Davis’s rhe­ tori­ cal leadership. Dr. John Inscoe is one of the preeminent scholars of the Civil War and generously agreed to advise me on my work on top of his other professional obligations . If this book has any appeal beyond scholars of rheto­ ric then it is entirely a result of Dr. Inscoe’s willingness to help me make connections to the wider audiences interested in studying the Civil War. I have had the privilege of working with a series of colleagues who have been incredibly supportive of this project. At Trinity University I enjoyed countless conversations with Drs. Kyle Gillette, Andrew Hansen, Brooks Hill, and John McGrath. At Wake Forest University I have relied heavily on my colleagues in the Department of Communication broadly and the rhetoricians in particular to help with the preparation of this book. I could not have accomplished that without key conversations with Drs. John Llewellyn, Ron Von Burg, Alessandra Beasley Von Burg, and Meg Zulick. In particular, I would like to thank Dr. Michael Hyde for serving as my mentor, colleague, and friend. His willingness to help junior faculty develop better arguments and become better writers is inspiring, and all of us who have benefitted from his counsel have an obligation to pay it forward to future generations of young scholars. As a director of debate I can testify that it is almost impossible to balance the demands of directing a debate program with traditional academic research without a robust coaching staff who are willing to go above and beyond to provide opportunities for the director to step away and write. I cannot overestimate how lucky I have been to work with such a dedicated group of coaches and assistant coaches.When I first arrived at Wake Forest, J. P. Lacy and Alex Lamballe worked countless hours to help me with the transition back to the team while allowing me space to continue to work on this project. After J. P. and Alex, no one shouldered more of the burden of my scholarly work than Len Neighbors and Justin Green. Len joined Wake Debate and single-­ handedly imposed order on chaos by developing a set of protocols and systems that transitioned my daily life from a series of unpredictable crises to a more predictable set of priorities that for the first time included time for scholarship. Justin...