Ep. 2:

Even just a few years ago, Jefferson Davis’s January 1861 Farewell Address to the United States Senate was considered to be one of the most important speeches in United States history. Those who heard it both wept and cheered as Davis led several other Senators out of the chamber. The speech is one of the “essential Southern” documents that everyone should know about.

Brion McClanahan

Brion McClanahan is the author or co-author of six books, How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America (Regnery History, 2017), 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and Four Who Tried to Save Her (Regnery History, 2016), The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, (Regnery, 2009), The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution (Regnery History, 2012), Forgotten Conservatives in American History (Pelican, 2012), and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes, (Regnery, 2012). He received a B.A. in History from Salisbury University in 1997 and an M.A. in History from the University of South Carolina in 1999. He finished his Ph.D. in History at the University of South Carolina in 2006, and had the privilege of being Clyde Wilson’s last doctoral student. He lives in Alabama with his wife and three daughters.


  • Very well done. Thank you.

  • Dustin Kasinger says:

    Excellent podcast Mr. McClanahan. Thank you.

  • D. Skidmore says:

    You make an important point which is perverted in discussions of this time. Abraham Lincoln said he had no intention to free slaves as he campaigned. He said he would restrict it. Davis said he could not do that. We can all agree that slavery was wrong. The issue here is who has the sovereignty to make these decisions? When the Constitution is clear? This is not about slavery, it’s about power.

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