(1808-1889) was president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil
War. His honesty, character, and devotion elevated his cause above a quest for the
perpetuation of slavery to a crusade for independence. When the South succeeded,
Davis was faced with the daunting challenges of making war, conjuring a cause and
standing up a new nation. (More
"Jefferson Davis." Encyclopedia of the Confederacy. Ed. Richard
Nelson Current. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. Gale U.S. History In Context.
Web. 15 Nov. 2011.