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The Civil War
(1861-1865)

Jefferson Davis

The Civil War<BR>(1861-1865)
The Civil War
(1861-1865)


Jefferson Davis
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.5

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    supporter, politics, slavery, inflation, refused, command, leading, prisoner, secretary, uphill, rarely, malaria, supplies, schools, battle, cotton
     content words:    Jefferson Davis, Confederate States, West Point, Mexican War, Franklin Pierce, When South Carolina, Fort Sumter, Civil War, Confederate Army, Union Army


Jefferson Davis
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     When the states in the South seceded, they needed their own president. Jefferson Davis would become the only president that the Confederate States of America would have.
 
2     Davis was born in Kentucky in 1808. He went to many different schools and was well educated. He graduated from West Point. After graduating, he served in the Army. In 1835, he resigned. He married, but his wife died three months later of malaria. For the next few years, he rarely left the plantation that he owned.
 
3     In 1845, he married again. His wife was from an important family. He began to leave his farm more and became interested in politics. He was elected to Congress. He resigned his seat in 1846 when the Mexican War broke out.
 
4     Davis was then elected to the Senate in 1847. He was a strong supporter of state's rights. He supported the Southern states and their fight to keep the way of life that they knew. In 1851, he resigned his seat to run for governor of Mississippi. He lost.

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