By R. Jarrod Atchison
Numerous biographies of Jefferson Davis were penned; notwithstanding, in the past, there were no noticeable research of his public discourse as president of the Confederacy. R. Jarrod Atchison’s A battle of Words makes use of recommendations from rhetorical thought and public tackle to assist resolution 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 accountable for articulating a imaginative and prescient for the nation—including the middle tenets of its identification, the values the kingdom may still carry pricey, the rules it may by no means compromise, and the targets it may set for its destiny. certainly, Davis possessed the abilities 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 a superb orator isn't synonymous with profitable rhetorical leadership.
Atchison posits that Davis’s preliminary successes limited his rhetorical innovations later within the conflict. A battle of Words concludes that, in any case, Davis’s rhetorical management was once a failure simply because he was once 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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