A War of Words: The Rhetorical Leadership of Jefferson Davis by R. Jarrod Atchison PDF

By R. Jarrod Atchison

A struggle of Words analyzes Jefferson Davis’s public discourse, arguing that all through his time as president of the Confederacy, Davis settled for temporary rhetorical successes on the price of making extra noticeable and significant messages for himself and his constituents.

Numerous biographies of Jefferson Davis were penned; in spite of the fact that, beforehand, there have been no considerable research of his public discourse as president of the Confederacy. R. Jarrod Atchison’s A battle of Words makes use of options from rhetorical thought and public handle to assist resolution a question that has intrigued students from quite a few disciplines because the cave in of the Confederacy: what position, if any, did Davis play within the cave in of accomplice nationalism?


Most discussions of Davis and nationalism specialize in the army results of his arguable wartime judgements. A battle of Words focuses much less on army results and argues as a substitute that, within the context of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis’s rhetorical management must have been answerable for articulating a imaginative and prescient for the nation—including the middle tenets of its id, the values the kingdom should still carry pricey, the rules it's going to by no means compromise, and the pursuits it may set for its destiny. definitely, Davis possessed the abilities essential to make a persuasive public argument. it's accurately simply because Davis’s oratory talents have been so robust that there's room to pass judgement on how he used them. in brief, being an excellent orator isn't really synonymous with profitable rhetorical leadership.


Atchison posits that Davis’s preliminary successes restricted his rhetorical innovations later within the struggle. A battle of Words concludes that, in any case, Davis’s rhetorical management used to be a failure simply because he used to be not able to articulate a coherent accomplice id in gentle of the sacrifices continued through the population on the way to maintain the struggle effort.

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