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Speeches of the Hon. Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi   By: (1808-1889)

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In "Speeches of the Hon. Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi," Jefferson Davis, an influential figure in American history, shares a compilation of his speeches that sheds light on the political climate of the mid-19th century United States. As the former President of the Confederate States of America, Davis provides readers with a unique perspective on the issues that led to the American Civil War.

The book is divided into several chapters, each containing a different speech delivered by Davis during his political career. The speeches cover a wide range of topics, allowing readers to understand Davis's beliefs and justifications for secession, as well as his staunch defense of state sovereignty. Davis's words reveal his commitment to the Confederate cause, as he passionately argues for the preservation of the institution of slavery and the right of southern states to govern themselves.

The author's eloquent writing style captivates readers and showcases his ability to sway audiences through his powerful oratory. Davis employs rhetorical techniques such as pathos, ethos, and logos to make his arguments persuasive. Whether one agrees with his views or not, it is undeniable that Davis possessed a remarkable gift for articulating his ideas in a compelling manner.

However, it is essential to approach this book with a critical eye. While Davis's speeches provide valuable insights into the mindset of the pro-slavery elite, they also reflect a deeply flawed worldview. The book lacks a counterbalance or opposing perspective, leaving readers reliant on external sources to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the historical context.

Despite this drawback, "Speeches of the Hon. Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi" serves as a valuable resource for scholars and students of history looking to explore the motivations behind the Confederacy's secession. Davis's speeches are a testament to the power of persuasive rhetoric and shed light on a crucial period in American history.

In conclusion, this compilation of Jefferson Davis's speeches offers an intriguing glimpse into the mind of a prominent figure in the Confederate States of America. Davis's eloquence and passion make his arguments compelling, even if they are rooted in deeply flawed beliefs. While the book could benefit from more diverse perspectives, it remains a valuable resource for those interested in understanding the political climate of the mid-19th century United States.

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Speeches of the Hon. Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi,

Delivered During the Summer of 1858:

On Fourth of July, 1858, at Sea. At Serenade, at Portland, Maine. At Portland Convention, Maine. At Belfast Encampment, Maine. At Belfast Banquet, Maine. At Portland Meeting, Maine. At Fair at Augusta, Maine. At Faneuil Hall, Boston. At New York Meeting. Before Mississippi Legislature. &c. &c.

To the People of Mississippi.

I have been induced by the persistent misrepresentation of popular Addresses made by me at the North and the South during the year 1858, to collect them, and with extracts from speeches made by me in the Senate in 1850, to present the whole in this connected form; to the end that the case may be fairly before those by whose judgment I am willing to stand or fall.

Jefferson Davis.

Extracts From Speeches in U.S. Senate.

In the Senate of the United States, May 8, 1850, in presenting the Resolutions of the Legislature of Mississippi:

It is my opinion that justice will not be done to the South, unless from other promptings than are about us here that we shall have no substantial consideration offered to us for the surrender of an equal claim to California... Continue reading book >>




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