Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky
Sales Date: 12/31/1980
In 1979 Robert Penn Warren returned to his native Todd Country, Kentucky, to attend ceremonies in honor of another native son, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, whose United States citizenship had just been restored, ninety years after his death, by a special act of Congress. From that nostalgic journey grew this reflective essay on the tragic career of Jefferson Davis—"not a modern man in any sense of the word but a conservative called to manage what was, in one sense, a revolution." Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back is also a meditation by one of our most respected men of letters on the ironies of American history and the paradoxes of the modern South.
A sturdy, fascinating little book.... Contributes to a vivid portrait of Davis's tragic career.~Los Angeles Times
You won't find anywhere a finer blend of history, biography and memoir.~Wall Street Journal