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Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back

Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back

ROBERT PENN WARREN
Copyright Date: 1980
Pages: 120
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt5hk07r
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    Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back
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    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.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-4667-6
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back
    (pp. [v]-116)

    THERE are two kinds of memory. One is narrative, the unspooling in the head of what has happened, like a movie film with no voices. The other is symbolic—the image, say, of a dead friend of long ago, with a characteristic expression of face, which may be called up by a name. When I think of my maternal grandfather, I see an old man with white hair and a rather pointed beard, wearing bluejean pants, with a black tie hanging loose from a collar open at the throat—for in that memory it is an unchanging summer. He is...