Is Davis a Traitor: ?Or Was the Secession of the Confederate States a Constitutional Right Previous to the Civil War of 1861? (Constitutional Commentaries and History) (Hardcover)
Author: Albert Taylor Bledsoe
Release Date: June 19, 2019
Historian and constitutional scholar Albert Taylor Bledsoe considers whether the secession of the Confederate states was legal under constitutional law. The author poses the question: did Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America, commit treason by initiating the secession and thereby igniting the nation on a path to Civil War? Over the course of a lengthy analysis, Bledsoe justifies the actions of Jefferson Davis as lawful. Considering arguments both for and against Davis as a traitor, we are taken through a series of proposals that quote the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Federalist papers. Upon reading and explaining a multitude of passages, the author arrives at the conclusion that states can lawfully leave the Union if they so choose. Bledsoe goes further in his arguments, saying that the Founding Fathers may have envisaged the prospect for conflict and schism between the north and south.