Jefferson Davis: Inaugural Address to the Confederacy

(1861)

In early 1861 representatives of the states seceding from the United States elected Jefferson Davis as president of their provisional government, and his selection as president of the Confederate States of America required that he deliver an inaugural address. Jefferson Davis's Inaugural Address, delivered on February 18, 1861, pointed toward a tentative plan for the seceding states’ future.

Contemporary observers had anticipated that South Carolina would lead the way to secession and drag along other Deep South states. They were correct. South Carolina's secession on December 20,...

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