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|Title||:||Jefferson Davis: The Essential Writings|
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PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Jefferson Davis: The Essential Writings Jefferson Davis is one of the most complex and controversial figures in American political history and the man whom Oscar Wilde wanted to meet more than anyone when he made his tour of the United States Elected president of the Confederacy and later accused of participating in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln he is a source of ongoing dissension between northerners and southerners This volume the first of its kind is a selected collection of his writings culled in large part from the authoritative i Papers of Jefferson Davis i a multivolume edition of his letters and speeches published by the Louisiana State University Press and includes thirteen documents from manuscript collections and one privately held document that have never before appeared in a modern scholarly edition From letters as a college student to his sister to major speeches on the Constitution slavery and sectional issues to his farewell to the U S Senate to his inaugural address as Confederate president to letters from prison to his wife these selected pieces present the many faces of the enigmatic Jefferson Davis .
As William J Cooper Jr writes in his Introduction Davis s notability does not come solely from his crucial role in the Civil War Born on the Kentucky frontier in the first decade of the nineteenth century he witnessed and participated in the epochal transformation of the United States from a fledgling country to a strong nation spanning the continent In his earliest years his father moved farther south and west to Mississippi As a young army officer just out of West Point he served on the northwestern and southwestern frontiers in an army whose chief mission was to protect settlers surging westward Then in and as colonel of the First Mississippi Regiment he fought in the Mexican War which resulted in in the Mexican Cession a massive addition to the United States of some square miles including California and the modern Southwest As secretary of war and U S senator in the s he advocated government support for the building of a transcontinental railroad that he believed essential to bind the nation from ocean to ocean .
i From the Hardcover edition i