Jefferson Davis

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Jefferson Davis was president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. After the South lost the Civil War, Davis was imprisoned for two years awaiting trial for treason. This book looks at the life and career of this man who came to repr

Profiles Jefferson Davis, who proved himself as a soldier in the Mexican War but had mixed success and failure as president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil ...

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Jefferson Davis was president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. After the South lost the Civil War, Davis was imprisoned for two years awaiting trial for treason. This book looks at the life and career of this man who came to repr

Profiles Jefferson Davis, who proved himself as a soldier in the Mexican War but had mixed success and failure as president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781403450890
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: American War Biographies Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Best book to understand Davis's youth and its influence on his future

    I'm glad that I picked up this book, even though I read the more contemporary work by William Cooper. Whereas Cooper took the reader through a basic story of Jeff Davis's life, Eaton attempts to tackle the "why" of Davis. The pre-war chapters of the book are absolutely outstanding; Eaton not only discusses Davis's earlier life, he spends a good deal of time analyzing that time and how those experiences made Davis who he was. In fact, a good half of the book was devoted to Davis's pre-war years, and each chapter closed with excellent analysis of character. It is important when one studies Davis to remember that he was quite the successful patriotic American before his reluctant election as Confederate President, and Eaton masterfully relays these stories and how they affected him when secession came.

    The failing of this book came in most of the war years' chapters. Whereas Eaton focused on Davis in the pre-war chapters, he fell into the trap of discussing the war itself a bit too much in the second half of the book. I think the goal was to show the reality of what Davis dealt with as CSA President, but he really neglected to analyze the events, instead leaving the reader to draw such conclusions.

    Still, the last few chapters (all are relatively short chapters) picked up the pace again, focusing on Davis, his family life, his relations with Cabinet members an Congress, and ending with a good analysis of whether he was the "right" or "best" man for the job of President, given the situation at the time. I am a bit disappointed that only a couple of pages were devoted to the post-war years, however.

    In short, I highly reocmmend both this and Cooper's book ("Jefferson Davis: American") in order to really understand the man. Cooper's work is phenominal in laying out what it was like to see the world through Jefferson Davis's eyes and getting the reader to know all of the events in his fantastic life, but Eaton's work is essential to understanding Davis's mind. Together, they tell the amazing story of one of the most celebrated, hated, successful, unsuccessful, and enigmatic people in this country's history.

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