By R. Jarrod Atchison
Numerous biographies of Jefferson Davis were penned; in spite of the fact that, in the past, there have been no substantial research of his public discourse as president of the Confederacy. R. Jarrod Atchison’s A battle of Words makes use of innovations from rhetorical idea and public tackle to assist resolution a query that has intrigued students from numerous 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 debatable wartime judgements. A conflict 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 country should still carry expensive, the foundations it's going to by no means compromise, and the targets it's going to set for its destiny. certainly, Davis possessed the talents essential to make a persuasive public argument. it really is accurately simply because Davis’s oratory talents have been so strong that there's room to pass judgement on how he used them. in brief, being an excellent orator isn't synonymous with profitable rhetorical leadership.
Atchison posits that Davis’s preliminary successes restricted his rhetorical concepts later within the conflict. A conflict of Words concludes that, in spite of everything, Davis’s rhetorical management used to be a failure simply because he used to be not able to articulate a coherent accomplice id in mild of the sacrifices persisted through the population on the way to maintain the struggle effort.
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