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By Robert Penn Warren

Publish yr note: initially released in 1980

In 1979 Robert Penn Warren again to his local Todd kingdom, Kentucky, to wait ceremonies in honor of one other local son, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, whose usa citizenship had simply been restored, 90 years after his loss of life, by means of a unique act of Congress. From that nostalgic trip grew this reflective essay at the tragic occupation of Jefferson Davis — "not a contemporary guy in any feel of the notice yet a conservative referred to as to regulate what used to be, in a single experience, a revolution."

Jefferson Davis will get His Citizenship Back can also be a meditation by means of one in all our most useful males of letters at the ironies of yank historical past and the paradoxes of the trendy South.

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