Children's LiteratureIn 1861 Jefferson Davis was called upon to be the first and only President of the Confederacy. A man who had served in the Federal Government as both a Senator and the Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis was conflicted by the succession and division of his nation. However, Davis accepted the mantle of power and stepped into the difficult role of a "national" leader. The Civil War proved to be the undoing of not only the Confederate States but President Davis as well. In defeat, the former executive was captured and harshly imprisoned by Union troops. Ultimately, Davis was freed and lived in retirement until 1889. But his life was always marked by his experiences as a defeated national leader. Jefferson Davis' life as a wartime president, as well as his pre-war experiences are presented in this illustrated biography. As part of the "Famous Figures of the Civil War Era" series, this volume provides a fine introduction to the life and times of Jefferson Davis. He was a complex person who held faithfully to friends, honored his word, and behaved as a loving husband and father. He was also a man whose decisions helped contribute to the South's defeat. 2001, Chelsea House, $18.95. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-7-This uncomplicated biography follows Davis from his early years through his death and fully details his problem-plagued administration. Although the text tends to be dry, the illustrations and sidebars break up its monotonous tone. Thoughts and feelings are imagined throughout. For example, Davis's parents "somehow knew this baby would be special" and "-Jefferson was upset that the leader [Lincoln] of the United States had been-murdered." Although colorless at times, Frazier's book is a serviceable introduction to the first and only president of the Confederacy.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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