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Jefferson Davis
(1808-1889) born on
Jun 03
US political leader. He was president of the Confederacy, 1861-65.
         
   
F
Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule.

R
All we ask is to be let alone.
A
[Our situation] illustrates the American idea that governments rest on the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish them whenever they become destructive of the ends for which they were established.
N
I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came.
K
Never be haughty to the humble or humble to the haughty.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter to James Frazier Jacquess & James R. Gilmore, 17 Jul 1864.
R: First Message to the Confederate Congress, Mar 1861.
A: In "Jefferson Davis, Constitutionalist, His Letters, Papers and Speeches," ed. Dunbar Rowland, Vol. 5, p. 50, 1923.
N: Letter to James Frazier Jacquess & James R. Gilmore, 17 Jul 1864.
K: Speech, Richmond VA, 22 Jul 1861.
   


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