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Jefferson Davis, American

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2002

    Southern History

    As an African American born in the south I am greatly interested in Southern American history. This is a great insight on the thinking of 19th century white southern & northern Americans and their views concerning slavery, the constitution, and emancipation.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011


    This book is the most definitive life story of Jefferson Davis I have ever read. I would recommend it to any person interested in what happened before, during and after the Civil War.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    For no special reason did I select this book to read but I began it with my usual commitment to read it through. And always as a pleasant surprise when it proves outstanding I feel so rewarded for finding such things. Actually I selected something like this because I've felt stimulated to understand subtle similarities, where ever they may be, with today's national mood and clmate. Since the issues of race in the U.S. still comes up I felt that looking at the antebellum could help things. The author truly stuck to his word in not writing about Jefferson Davis with a political preference either way. He shoots a straight arrow here. This book reveals Davis and teaches you who he was. His political convictions based on strict states rights as he interpreted them are explained here. The book shows how the character of the South and people so convicted to their lifestyle steered it's way to war. The story of Jefferson Davis from his birth to his death with each landmark stage he went through makes this book a lively read. I had this book in my hands every morning including most evenings until it just ran out.

    The subject of the Civil War is a strongly covered one. Jefferson Davis was an unseparable figure of the War but his overall life was a huge library of experiences in all respects otherwise. He saw achievements and as many failures and disappointments as well. There was a lot of pain and sorrow in his life, a long life, which I did not know.

    All images provided are so helpful. They show a chronology of Davis' walk through life. Davis traveled to Europe an astounding five times. Much of it regarded job incentives or pursueing hopes and dreams. I loved this book. I am so glad I've taken this education at this time.

    Take this time to read this book. It's about a significant piece of your country's history.

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

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    Jefferson Davis is given the biography his life needed. While Abraham Lincoln has been cast as the hero of the civil war, Jefferson Davis is cast as it's villain. This book gives a fair rendering of the man and his beliefs. He has been blamed for the confederacy's defeat through his poor leadership and Lincoln prevailed due to his superior leadership. Even still, the war was a close run thing. If their positions had been reversed, I don't know that the outcome would have differed. Nonetheless, and entertaining and enlightning read about a remarkable man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2003


    In his drive to place Davis fully within his American context, not merely his Confederate context, and in his zeal to demonstrate the sincerity of Davis' belief that his Americanness and Confederate-ness were opposite sides of the same coin, Prof, Cooper succeeds admirably and then some. The story is fascinating, told with detail, drama and modest sympathy.

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    Posted April 26, 2009

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