Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour

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HarperCollins, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 784 pages
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Drawing on many new sources, distinguished Civil War scholar William C. Davis here delves into the life of one of the most controversial public figures of the nineteenth century. He vividly details Davis' childhood in Mississippi, his military experience at West Point and on the western frontier, his brilliant record in the Mexican War, his stint as a hardworking secretary of war under Franklin Pierce, and his career as an impassioned defender of slavery in the Senate, closely examining the development and expression of Davis' values, attitudes, and personality throughout this time.

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User Review  - Troi - Goodreads

I found this to be a solid addition to my study of the Civil War. We didn't learn about the confederate cause when I was in school, or about who Jefferson Davis really was. This provides a fascinating ... Read full review

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This is a solid biography of Jefferson Davis and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the American Civil War. Davis had serious character flaws that definitely hurt the Confederate war effort ... Read full review


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The author of more than forty books, WILLIAM C. DAVIS is the director of programs at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. He is also chief consultant for the A&&E television series Civil War Journal and teaches history at Virginia Tech. He lives in Virginia. <br>

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