By R. Jarrod Atchison
Numerous biographies of Jefferson Davis were penned; in spite of the fact that, earlier, there have been no important research of his public discourse as president of the Confederacy. R. Jarrod Atchison’s A conflict of Words makes use of innovations from rhetorical thought and public handle to assist resolution a question that has intrigued students from quite a few 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 specialise in the army results of his arguable 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 liable for articulating a imaginative and prescient for the nation—including the center tenets of its identification, the values the state should still carry expensive, the foundations it's going to by no means compromise, and the ambitions it may set for its destiny. definitely, 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. in brief, being an exceptional orator isn't really synonymous with winning rhetorical leadership.
Atchison posits that Davis’s preliminary successes restricted his rhetorical techniques later within the battle. A warfare of Words concludes that, in any case, Davis’s rhetorical management used to be a failure simply because he used to be not able to articulate a coherent accomplice identification in mild of the sacrifices persisted via the population as a way to maintain the struggle effort.
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A War of Words: The Rhetorical Leadership of Jefferson Davis by R. Jarrod Atchison