Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government
The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government is a work in two volumes by Jefferson Davis, the former President of the Confederate States. Originally published in 1881 by D. Appleton & Company of New York, the purpose of the book was to serve as a chronicle of the South from the Missouri Compromise through Reconstruction, as well as a defense of the Southern states, their role in the secession and the right to establish a separate government, and a defense of their "peculiar institution" of slavery.
Although perceptive in its history, Davis' hatred of the Northern victors and those Southerners who criticized him cloud some of the work; as a result, sales were poor as compared with the memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman, published at roughly the same time. Still, the royalties from Rise and Fall were enough to provide both Jefferson and Varina Davis a comfortable income for the remainder of their lives.