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William J. Cooper
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William J. Cooper is a Boyd Professor at Louisiana State University and a past president of the Southern Historical Association. He was born in Kingstree, South Carolina, and received his A.B. from Princeton and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He has been a member of the LSU faculty since 1968 and is the author of The Conservative Regime: South Carolina, 1877–1890; The South and the Politics of Slavery, 1828–1856; Liberty and Slavery: Southern Politics to 1860; Jefferson Davis, American; Jefferson Davis and the Civil War Era; and coauthor of The American South: A History. He lives in Baton Rouge.

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Jefferson Davis, American

Written by William J. Cooper


Format: eBook, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 22, 2010
Price: $16.99

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Jefferson Davis, American

Written by William J. Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $22.95

With elegant writing and an impressive depth of research, William J. Cooper, Jr. gives us a fully realized biography of this complex figure.

Jefferson Davis emerges as a man devoted to the ideals of America, as he understood them. The son a veteran of the American Revolution, a graduate of West Point... Read more >
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We Have the War Upon Us
The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861
Written by William J. Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.00

In this carefully researched book William J. Cooper gives us a fresh perspective on the period between Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 and the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861, during which all efforts to avoid or impede secession and prevent war failed. Here is the story of the... Read more >
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We Have the War Upon Us
The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861
Written by William J. Cooper


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Jefferson Davis: The Essential Writings

Written by Jefferson Davis
Edited by William J. Cooper


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $11.99

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Jefferson Davis: The Essential Writings

Written by Jefferson Davis
Edited by William J. Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $16.00

Jefferson Davis is one of the most complex and controversial figures in American political history (and the man whom Oscar Wilde wanted to meet more than anyone when he made his tour of the United States).

Elected president of the Confederacy and later accused of participating in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln... Read more >
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