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 Posted: Mon Feb 11th, 2013 03:03 pm
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Texas Defender

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  I haven't read Dr. Cooper's book, but I will if I happen to run across it. It is apparently first rate.

  For others who might be interested, here it is:

Jefferson Davis, American: Jr. William J. Cooper: 9780375725425: B


  Those who might be interested in the life of Varina Banks Howell Davis could read this biography: First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis's Civil War (978067403

  I have now read both books and would recommend them, though I get the impression that the author of the Varina Davis bio, Joan E. Cashin, holds 19th Century men in general in low regard, and that includes Mr. Davis.
  The author commends Mrs. Davis for being radical and forward thinking in some ways compared to most women of her times. But then she laments the fact as she sees it that Mrs. Davis wasn't radical enough on issues such as slavery and womens suffrage. In the end, she admits that it would have caused Mrs. Davis nothing but trouble if she had espoused more radical views. It seems to me that historians should be more sympathetic to the fact that people have to function in the times and the societies that they are born into.

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