Confederate President Jefferson Davis gave his inaugural speech on Feb. 18.
It was short and philosophical. Davis didn’t mention South Carolina, the first state to secede, or any other individual state.
One key passage in the speech: “Our present political position has been achieved in a manner unprecedented in the history of nations. It illustrates the American idea that governments rest on the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish them at will whenever they become destructive of the ends for which they were established.”