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Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, a man of force and considerable dignity, began to
take the leading part in the powerful group of Southern Senators; StepTien
Douglas, of Illinois, rapidly became the foremost man of the Democratic party ...
... was Central America, on which filibustering raids already found favour in the
South, and in which the national Government might be led to adopt schemes of
conquest or annexation. Moreover, it was avowed by leaders like Jefferson Davis
For the view taken in the South there is one really powerful argument, on which
Jefferson Davis insisted passionately in the argumentative memoirs with which
he solaced himself in old age. It is that in several of the States, when the ...
was, the movement for secession proceeded with all the proud confidence that
can be felt in a right which is not challenged, and the people of the South were
not aware, though shrewd leaders like Jefferson Davis knew it well, of the risk
It adopted a provisional Constitution modelled largely upon that of the United
States. Jefferson Davis, who had retired to his farm, was sent for to become
President; Stephens, as already said, became Vice-President. The delegates
there were ...
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A must read for anyone that wants to understand the economic and social implications of the Southern slave aristocracy.
A well researched and written review of the slave aristocracy that suppressed and exploited both black slaves and non-slave holding whites alike.
This book is critical to understanding why the Southern Gentry despised the North for "exploiting" the South and "stealing" the Souths' financial resources when in fact the increasingly inefficient and unproductive system of slave labor doomed the South to ever increasing reliance on Northern resources to maintain their facade of prosperity.
H. R. Helper explains the slave states downward spiral toward economic collapse that will ultimately drive 11 of the states to secede from the Union and start the Civil War
This book is an insight today into much of the Souths' ongoing struggle to join the rest of the United States in economic prosperity