The Confederate Congress
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The Confederate Congress

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Pages: 304

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 02/01/2010

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3476-9

List Price: $34.95

The Confederate Congress

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Published in 1960, this study of the Confederate Congress and its relation to the Jefferson Davis administration describes the legislation, debates, personalities, and politics of this turbulent time. Initially, the Confederate Congress and President Davis were in agreement on how to win the war and lawmaking proceeded in a routine manner. However, as the war progressed conflicts arose as Congress and the President were faced with the difficulties of providing a poor nation with the facilities to combat a richer one. Much of the later legislation was written only after bitter political controversy. An appendix gives brief biographical data on the Confederate congressmen, including their voting records on the Davis administration proposals.

The unique character of the Congress as a body which spent its entire life under war conditions is clearly understood, and its problems of reflecting public opinion and at the same time working with the Executive are especially well described.

—;Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Now for the first time we have a comprehensive survey of the work of the Congress and its relation to the Davis administration and the war effort. Yearns has carefully examined all of the available sources on this subject and gives us in this volume an excellent analysis of the legislation, debates, personalities, and politics involved in the Congress.

Journal of Southern History

About the Author/Editor

WILFRED BUCK YEARNS (1918–2006) was a professor emeritus of history at Wake Forest University. His books include The Confederate Congress and The Confederate Governors (both Georgia), North Carolina Civil War Documentary, and From Richmond to Texas.