By R. Jarrod Atchison
Numerous biographies of Jefferson Davis were penned; even if, formerly, there have been no substantial research of his public discourse as president of the Confederacy. R. Jarrod Atchison’s A conflict of Words makes use of techniques from rhetorical concept and public deal with to assist resolution a query that has intrigued students from quite a few disciplines because the cave in of the Confederacy: what function, if any, did Davis play within the cave in of accomplice nationalism?
Most discussions of Davis and nationalism specialise in the army results of his arguable wartime judgements. A warfare of Words focuses much less on army results and argues in its place that, within the context of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis’s rhetorical management must have been chargeable for articulating a imaginative and prescient for the nation—including the middle tenets of its id, the values the state may still carry pricey, the rules it may by no means compromise, and the targets it's going to set for its destiny. absolutely, Davis possessed the abilities essential to make a persuasive public argument. it truly 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 synonymous with winning rhetorical leadership.
Atchison posits that Davis’s preliminary successes restricted 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 gentle of the sacrifices persisted by means of the population with the intention to maintain the warfare effort.
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A War of Words: The Rhetorical Leadership of Jefferson Davis by R. Jarrod Atchison