Jefferson Davis, Confederate President: History & Facts


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Which state did Jefferson Davis represent as a U.S. Senator before the Civil War?

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1. Which cabinet position did Jefferson Davis hold under President Franklin Pierce?

2. Which general did Davis have a feud with for the duration of the Civil War?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Jefferson Davis is a complex historical figure who believed in a strong, unified nation and fought against the secession of the South, but ultimately rose to lead the Confederacy during the Civil War. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand how Davis, who adamantly defended slavery and state's rights, was a figure who shaped history as he was swept along by the course of historical events.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Davis and his role in the U.S. Senate
  • Davis' cabinet position under President Franklin Pierce
  • Davis and his personal relationships with Confederate generals
  • The history of the Confederate capital
  • Davis and his fate after the Civil War

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the history of Jefferson Davis to answer questions about his political career and rise to the role of president of the Confederacy
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the leadership skills of Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln
  • Making connections - examine how the military and political decisions Davis made as president added to the suffering and hardship of the Civil War
  • Critical thinking - use your understanding of Davis and his defense of slavery to examine Lost Cause Theology in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the history of Jefferson Davis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Davis and his position on slavery and state's rights
  • Know the problems Davis faced as president of the Confederacy
  • Understand how Davis let personal relationships affect military decisions
  • Know the insurmountable challenges Davis faced as president of the Confederacy
  • Understand Davis as a symbol of the lasting rift between the North and South