Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures
Columbia American History Online

Main Menu

There are seven items indexed to this topic.

You can select a more specific topic to find fewer materials.


The South

1.  Confederation constitution

2.  Mobilization and finance

3.  States' rights and the Confederacy


Colonial City: Revolutionary Battleground
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant transcripts:
Bitter Rivals

Abolitionism and Antislavery
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:

The Civil War
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:
Features of the Civil War: North and South Compared

Relevant transcripts:
At the very end of the war, the South in desperation voted to enlist black soldiers in the Confederate Army.

Jefferson Davis (1808-89)
Resource Type: Primary Source
Southern politician and president of the Confederacy (1861–65). Davis graduated from West Point in 1828 and served briefly in Congress, which he left to fight in the Mexican War. After returning, he was appointed U.S. senator from Mississippi to fill a vacated seat. In 1853 he was appointed secretary of war by President Franklin Pierce. Davis initially opposed the secession of Southern states but accepted the post of major general of Mississippi's armed forces when that state seceded in 1861. Only weeks later, the Confederate Convention named him president. His presidency was marked by dissension among different factions within the Confederacy. After General Robert E. Lee surrendered to the North without Davis's approval, Davis fled from the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, and was captured in Georgia. He was held prisoner for two years and was released on bail in 1867. For the rest of his life he spoke out in defense of the defeated South.

Mississippi's Declaration of Secession
Resource Type: Primary Source
The first state to secede was South Carolina, doing so on December 20, 1860. Before the end of February, all the states of the Deep South (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) had seceded.

Who's Who
Resource Type: Primary Source
John C. Breckinridge (1821–75).

Who's Who
Resource Type: Primary Source
Jefferson Davis (1808–1889).

Refine Browse

Historical thinking 

Discovering primary sources (4) 

Interpreting and analysing (1) 

Narrating history (3) 

Resource types 

Video Transcripts (2) 

CAHO is being provided to you for your own use. Any copying or distribution of CAHO materials is prohibited.