45th President Donald J. Trump recently delivered his inaugural address, a speech which occurs every four years and represents the issues of the day. Although this most recent address came at a time in which there is much division within the United States, 2017 pales in comparison to the year 1861. The political climate was a “powder keg” as two presidents, Confederate and Union, were sworn in.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis delivered his inaugural address in February of 1861, stating the case for secession and the need to establish an army and navy. Two weeks later, 16th US President Abraham Lincoln delivered his first speech in the executive role, arguing that secession is the essence of anarchy. Northern and Southern differences erupted into war within 10 weeks at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. Parham Buford’s senior year at La Grange Synodical College was accelerated that year, so he and his classmates could answer the call to arms in Dixie.
Readers are encouraged to view each of the three before mentioned speeches for insight on some of the weighty issues which have shaped the American experience.