Government of Our Own: The Making of the Confederacy

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 1, 1994 - History - 550 pages
For four crucial months in 1861, delegates from all over the South met in Montgomery, Alabama, to establish a new nation. Davis (Jefferson Davis: The Man and the Hour, LJ 11/15/91) tells their story in this new work, another example of Davis's fine storytelling skill and an indispensable guide to understanding the formation of the Confederate government. Among the issues Davis examines are revising the Constitution to meet Southern needs, banning the importation of slaves, and determining whether the convention could be considered a congress. Also revealed are the many participating personalities, their ambitions and egos, politicking and lobbying for the presidency of the new nation, and the nature of the city of Montgomery itself.

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'A GOVERNMENT OF OUR OWN': The Birth of the Confederacy

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An authoritative account from Civil War historian Davis (Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour, 1991) of the would-be Founding Fathers of the Confederacy. In February 1861, delegates from six states ... Read full review

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This book is about three months in the life of a small Alabama town when the Confederacy was born. I kept thinking it would make a moderately less violent television series ala Deadwood. Lots of ... Read full review

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William C. Davis has written more than 25 books on the Civil War, inluding A GOVERNMENT OF OUR OWN: THE MAKING OF THE CONFEDERACY.

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