ERIC Number: ED180045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Secession and Slavery: Jefferson Davis's Rhetorical Visions of the South.
Thomas, David A.
Using some of the tools of fantasy theme analysis, this paper analyzes the rhetoric of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy during the United States Civil War, as an expression of the rhetorical visions of the American South. Specifically, the paper deals with two speeches--Davis's farewell to the United States Senate, from which he resigned in 1861, and his inaugural address. The rhetoric is examined in terms of the dual themes of slavery and secession, the most important themes requiring rhetorical justification in light of the impending war. The paper concludes that in terms of logical argument, the themes developed by Davis made up an acceptable debate case or legal brief; it contends, however, that as a rhetorical vision to nurture the people throughout the war years, Davis's rhetoric was indicative of a dogmatic, pathetic naivete. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Davis (Jefferson); United States (South)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Biloxi, MS, April 11-14, 1979)