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Speaking for Southern Values: The Rhetoric of Jefferson Davis, 1844-1862

dc.contributor.advisorGrimsted, Daviden_US
dc.contributor.authorDeAngelis, James Lukeen_US
dc.description.abstractThis study argues that while Jefferson Davis has been assessed as a historical figure, his persuasive appeals have not received sufficient scrutiny by historians. The study provides a close analysis of Davis's political rhetoric, first assessing his oratory as Confederate president and then tracing his appeals into the antebellum years. The study concentrates on political oratory because it was the most important form of political persuasion in antebellum American, especially in the Old South. Davis was arguably the nineteenth-century South's most influential politician and the rhetorical appeals he used to unify the region are critical to our understanding of southern values and aspirations. The study closely scrutinizes representative speeches at various points in Davis's career, both as an aspiring politician and as an acknowledged sectional leader. Closely analyzing Davis's rhetoric over decades reveals continuity and change in his appeals, while providing insight into critical historical questions about the Old South.en_US
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dc.titleSpeaking for Southern Values: The Rhetoric of Jefferson Davis, 1844-1862en_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHistory, United Statesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSouthern Historyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledJefferson Davis Persuasive Appealsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledConfederate Oratoryen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAntebellum Southern Oratoryen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSouthern Political Rhetoricen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledJefferson Davis Oratoryen_US

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