Class Notes

On paper Jefferson Davis looked like the perfect man to lead the Confederate States.  He had more political experience than Lincoln and more military experience than Lee or Grant.  He had a great character and even this enemies would not challenge his reputation.  In the end this tenure was a failure.  In many ways he was a poor administrator and refused to delegate because he thought he knew better.  Ultimately, however, he was put in an impossible position of having to run a new nation built on states’ rights while needing to increase the power of the federal government in order to fight a war.

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