Lead: One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is A House Divided.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: In February 1861, the Confederate Congress elected Jefferson Davis of Mississippi provisional President of the new Southern republic. He was the logical choice because Davis was an ideal representative of the planter class that was determined to defend the Southern way of life and its “peculiar institution,” human bondage. He also had extensive military and political experience having served in the Mexican War, as U.S. Representative and Senator, and President Pierce’s Secretary of War.