By R. Jarrod Atchison
Numerous biographies of Jefferson Davis were penned; besides the fact that, beforehand, there have been no great research of his public discourse as president of the Confederacy. R. Jarrod Atchison’s A conflict of Words makes use of recommendations from rhetorical concept and public deal with to aid solution 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 concentrate on the army results of his debatable wartime judgements. A warfare 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 identification, the values the country should still carry expensive, the foundations it's going to by no means compromise, and the objectives it may set for its destiny. absolutely, Davis possessed the talents essential to make a persuasive public argument. it really is accurately simply because Davis’s oratory abilities have been so strong that there's room to pass judgement on how he used them. briefly, being a superb orator isn't really synonymous with profitable rhetorical leadership.
Atchison posits that Davis’s preliminary successes limited his rhetorical concepts later within the conflict. A warfare of Words concludes that, after all, Davis’s rhetorical management was once a failure simply because he was once not able to articulate a coherent accomplice identification in mild of the sacrifices persevered by means of the population with the intention to maintain the conflict effort.
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A War of Words: The Rhetorical Leadership of Jefferson Davis by R. Jarrod Atchison