Jefferson Davis Resigns From the Senate

A powerful scene from the movie Tennessee Johnson (1942), the resignation of Jefferson Davis from the Senate.  The scene captures well the portentous nature of the event, as men North and South now realized that all the contentions between their sections had at last ended in a conflict that rent the nation in two.  The crisis had been building for decades and I think most men had assumed that some sort of compromise, as in the past, would eventually be worked out.  The speech of Davis was a final sign that this was not to be, and that the time for words had ended.  Here is the full text of the speech: (more…)

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