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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; 1St Edition edition (September 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156554370X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565543706
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Decisively refuting all the old slanders, the authors give us back the real Davis-a patriotic soldier, a reluctant secessionist, the model of a Christian gentleman, and an inspiration to all Americans, North and South."
-Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture

"Was Jefferson Davis Right? is more than a biography of the Confederate president. It is a primer for the trial of the century that never was. The Kennedy brothers have done it again, giving us in one place the huge volume of facts a jury would have weighed if Davis had been given the day in court he so desperately wanted. The words that begin as a murmur swell to a shout by the end of Chapter 14: 'Not Guilty!'"
-Southern Partisan

"Well researched and thought out . . . the authors have presented a convincing argument."
-Confederate Veteran

"The Kennedy brothers provide an unassailable defense of the principles on which Jefferson Davis took his stand."
-Dr. Michael Hill, president, The League of the South

James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald Kennedy, descendants of Civil War soldiers, hold posts with the Sons of Confederate Veterans. As staunch supporters of individual freedom, the brothers are actively involved in a number of organizations that promote their beliefs. James is on the board of directors for the Louisiana Southern League and serves as the director of risk management for an insurance company. Walter is a registered respiratory therapist and a certified registered nurse anesthetist. They are the authors of Pelican's best-selling books The South Was Right! and Why Not Freedom! America's Revolt Against Big Government as well as Nullifying Tyranny: Creating Moral Communities in an Immoral Society. James resides in Mandeville, Louisiana, and Walter lives in Downsville, Louisiana.

Cover portrait by Aubrey Hayden

About the Author

Descendants of Civil War soldiers, twin brothers James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald Kennedy have held posts with the Sons of Confederate Veterans for several years. Both also are founding members of the League of the South. In their spare time, the brothers enjoy participating in reenactments of Civil War battles. They are also the authors of The South Was Right! and Why Not Feedom!: America's Revolt Against Big Government, both published by Pelican.

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Customer Reviews

This books is a great opportunity to find out more about the civil war.
Rafael Rodriguez
That the usurpation of power by the Federal govt. began very shortly after the formation of the union and was reasonably contained until 1861.
phoenix348@aol.com
This book and many other by them give facts with conjecture and prove that the south was right.
Matt Goodwin

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By phoenix348@aol.com on February 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
In a day in which the Federal government of the United States is virtually all-powerful, nothing is needed so much as a diligent study of the United States constitution, its limitations, and the original intentions and perspectives of America's founders. "Was Jefferson Davis Right?" serves this capacity not only by employing a rigorous examination of the US constitution and early American politics and perspectives, but by challenging the modern politically-correct dogma concerning Jefferson Davis, the Southern Confederacy and the War of 1861-1865. The Kennedy brothers demonstrate key principles that impacted the events of the conflict between North and South and created the America that we live in today. Among those are: 1) The historically provable fact that the Founding Fathers did not intend that Washington's government be all-powerful but rather limited to a small range of specifically delegated powers: a conditional, not supreme union. 2) That prior to 1865, the states of the union did not hesitate to defend their reserved rights and that such actions were in fact mainstream practices. 3) That the consolidated view of the United States government was a view that evolved after the formation of the Republic. 4) That the usurpation of power by the Federal govt. began very shortly after the formation of the union and was reasonably contained until 1861. 5) That Jefferson Davis and those who advocated southern independence were in fact following the pattern originated by our Founding Fathers in their separation from England. 6) That the issue of slavery (although a heinous practice) was beyond the power of the Federal govt.Read more ›
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am an academic and want to state that I have come to believe that, in general, many of the best and most honest histories today are being written by those outside the Academy. Universities too often "enforce" a particular view, and Academics know it all too well. There is so much toadyism, sycophancy, role-playing, and political maneuvering in a once very honourable profession, that the calling has become merely a lucrative "career." Professional Academic historians have too often degenerated into "careerists." So it is refreshing to see writers like the Kennedys perform the service that we Academics should be doing---that is, opening the mind. When the Academy careerists fail us, writers like the Kennedys must step into the void. Congratulations to the authors of an honest book.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Brenan R. Nierman on August 21, 2000
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This book is a much-needed historical correction. That being said, and the state of modern politics and education being what they are, I have little hope that this book will have much of an impact beyond readers who are predisposed, either by conviction or a genuine search for the truth, to give it a fair hearing.
That's a real pity, because an accurate understanding of the war for Southern independence -- the last really just and necessary war that Americans engaged in -- is sorely needed if the present trend towards globalization and corporate tyranny is to be thwarted. And in this book, the Kennedys provide some necessary material towards understanding that conflict. (Other writers worth reading are Eugene Genovese, Marshall DeRosa, Clyde Wilson, and the late, great M.E. Bradford.)
Modern day so-called conservatives, who enjoy talking about "original intent" and "constitutionalism," are in truth discussing these terms within the parameters established by Abraham Lincoln when he made a travesty of the original Republic. Contrary to the assertions of some, the process by which the Constiution was ratified was a process of acceding to the Union by the States, in which the self-understanding of at least some of the ratifying conventions was that the States retained what they did not expressly convey to the national government. This included their sovereignty.
Southerners who followed Thomas Jefferson believed that the virtues of self-government, to be nourished and preserved, were best fostered by an agrarian social order. As the nineteenth century progressed, this order was perceived as being threatened by industrialism.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Al Falco on April 25, 2002
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This book provides a defense of the southern cause. Slavery was a sympton of the civil war, but not it's direct cause. Although the book's intention is to defend Jefferson Davis and the CSA, it does provide some very thought provoking information concerning Abraham Lincoln, the origins of today's Republican party and an authorative central government. It is a worthwhile read for anyone looking to find the second edge to the sword. There is much more to America's bloodiest war, and most of it are skeleton's buried deep in the closet of Abraham Lincoln and the heroism associated with his deeds.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
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The Kennedy brothers have worked they magic of historical research again with their latest book. When one reads the careful documentation of the early part of the nation and how it was set up, it is VERY hard to think of Jeff Davis as a traitor. In fact, it is very hard to think of Davis as anything other than a principled man. Those schooled in the line of history that states the South was nothing better than an outpost of Satan's infernal empire will get uneasy reading this tome. Definately read this book if you want a better understanding of early American history.
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