Embattled Rebel by James McPherson, Steven Hahn, New York Times, November 20, 2014
Steve Hahn: "Yet, there is a larger and more unsettling issue. Treating Davis as
commander in chief risks lending the Confederacy a legitimacy it never
achieved at the time. No foreign country accorded the Confederacy
diplomatic recognition, at least in part because of an unwillingness to
openly support a slaveholders’ rebellion. Only after the war, as part of
a reconciliation process, were Confederates spared serious punishment
and then tendered respect as a cause and a state, enabling men like
Davis and subsequent devotees of the “lost cause” to get a hearing for
their version of events."
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Text and Image Source: Sunday Book Review New York Times, November 20, 2014