Published 2018-06-22
Jefferson Davis' early years: West Point, military appointment, and his first love and tragically short marriage to Sarah Knox Taylor. After ten reclusive years as a planter, Davis marries again and forges a political path that leads him to Washington City as a Mississippi representative to Congress. He distinguishes himself in the Mexican War and returns a hero. Davis then serves his country in the Senate, as Secretary of War and in the late 1850s, with the stirrings of secession abounding, Davis tries to keep the fledgling nation together but at the end, Davis must side with his home state of Mississippi and departs his beloved Washington City...forever.

All Comments (21)
  • Tom
    There’s something about his young adult life I really admire and connect to, it’s the basic dilemma of figuring out who you are and what you want to be with great ambitions only to be temporarily disappointed until his life finally started to click
  • Allen Ray Smith
    Enjoyed your documentary on Jefferson Davis. I love history and especially American history.
  • Yvonne Grivas
    Enjoying this documentary as I never learned anything about Jefferson Davis being from NY. Very informative.
  • Brian Morgan
    This is one of the finest documentaries I have seen on any subject.
  • Vintage brew
    Excellent documentary. Thanks from London UK.
  • Johnny Roma
    Hey don't blame me I voted for Jefferson Davis.
  • James Pestell
    No matter what anyone else says about him. To me, Jefferson Davis will always be a man of outstanding courage and honor. And to those who would argue this case, let me assure you that I don't care about your opinion on the matter.
  • American slavery was out of joint with the Age. William Wilberforce , an ardent evangelical, was leading the moral revolution that helped shape Victorian England. The slave trade was abolished and the Royal Navy began to enforce efforts to end it. In the 1830, it was abolished in the Empire. Yet American cotton had become a mainstay of the textile industry and the principal export of the United States. Plantation were in effect factories manned by slaves. In many respects , the textile factories were no better than the plantations, but at least the workers were free to live and starve out of the sight of their employers. This in an age when the revolutionary idea of the autonomous individual was beginning to take hold. Even in America, there were many free blacks. The notion of human being kept captive and unable to keep anything they owned, although common to all civilization since time immemorial was now being more and more challenged.
  • Bif Stiff
    About 625,000 men died in the Civil War. That's more Americans than died in both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam combined. This amounted to 2 percent of the population at the time, which would be the equivalent to about 6 million Americans dying today
  • Beth Bartlett
    I can imagine Robert E Lee as a most authentic friend, a "brother-friend", a man of a natural Higher Mindedness, Empathy, and Genuineness, he merely lacked a knowing of his true value and worthiness.

    I remain a loyal Unionist, yet I withhold a "team sport mentality", with regards to Political Party, Civil War, and Humanity, opting for the greater values: Country, Mankind, and the Collective Consciousness.

    The Values that are truly Higher Minded and truly holding value.
  • Terry G
    So sad that he and the greatest of the name Jefferson both lost their wives at such a young age and after only a relatively short time of marriage.
  • Kerrick76
    Never forget. Regardless of your option of the CSA, they were Americans, same as the Union and they sacrificed their lives and limbs for what they believed in. The Civil War was the single greatest tragedy this country has ever seen.
  • dafydd maddox
    an excellent presentation,a breath of fresh air,slavery was an american problem.
  • Ricks Americana
    Awww man, I was hoping they'd get to the part where Davis backs his ol' drinkin' buddy Braxton Bragg (the worst general in the Confederacy) over Bragg's division commanders. After getting the lieutenants to recommend Bragg's removal, in front of Bragg's face, Davis removed all of the generals of the Army Of Tennesee, except Bragg. I just love that part. Thanks for saving the Union Jeff, it wouldn't have been done without you.
  • Whoa Marsh Robert
    Good doc except the name.
    It was called " The War of the Rebellion ".