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The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim$
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Robert E. May

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049229

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049229.001.0001

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History and Mythology

History and Mythology

The Crisis over British Intervention in the Civil War

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(p.43) History and Mythology
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The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim
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Howard Jones

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049229.003.0002

This chapter by Howard Jones offers a step-by-step account of British decision-making during the recognition crisis of late 1862, when Britain, France, and Russia considered trying to mediate an end to the war. Jones explains that had this attempt been made, it might have culminated in British recognition of the Confederacy and an Anglo-Union war. Jones argues that the Union victory at Antietam and Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in many ways heightened, rather than dampened, European interest in intervention.

Keywords:   Russell, Palmerston, Emancipation, Antietam, Mediation, Lewis, Russia, France

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