Two American Presidents

From 1861 to 1865, there were two American presidents, one in the North & one in the South. Abraham Lincoln & Jefferson Davis led their nations through a bitter civil war that changed the course of American history. Both were brilliant, patriots, & convinced they were right. One of several reasons why the North won & the South lost can be found in the drastically different characters of the two presidents. The electric & flexible personality of Lincoln enabled him to build coalitions among warring political factions & become one of the strongest & most successful presidents in history. The inability of the uncompromising Davis to do the same contributed to the South s losing the war. Illustrations.