By R. Jarrod Atchison
Numerous biographies of Jefferson Davis were penned; in spite of the fact that, previously, there have been no major research of his public discourse as president of the Confederacy. R. Jarrod Atchison’s A battle of Words makes use of innovations from rhetorical conception and public deal with to aid solution a question that has intrigued students from various 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 struggle of Words focuses much less on army results and argues as an alternative that, within the context of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis’s rhetorical management must have been liable for articulating a imaginative and prescient for the nation—including the middle tenets of its identification, the values the country may still carry expensive, the foundations it may by no means compromise, and the objectives it's going to set for its destiny. certainly, Davis possessed the talents essential to make a persuasive public argument. it's accurately simply because Davis’s oratory abilities have been so robust that there's room to pass judgement on how he used them. briefly, being a superb orator isn't really synonymous with winning rhetorical leadership.
Atchison posits that Davis’s preliminary successes limited his rhetorical recommendations later within the warfare. A conflict of Words concludes that, finally, 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 persevered via the population so one can maintain the struggle effort.
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A War of Words: The Rhetorical Leadership of Jefferson Davis by R. Jarrod Atchison