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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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Pressure from Without

Pressure from Without

African Americans, British Public Opinion, and Civil War Diplomacy

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(p.83) Pressure from Without
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The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim
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R. J. M. Blackett

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049229.003.0003

This chapter by R. J. M. Blackett represents the new social history, with its insistence that scholars study the past from the “bottom up.” Author R. J. M. Blackett considers the story of former southern slaves who gave anti-Confederate public lectures during the Civil War and the thousands of workers in Britain's cotton district who attended meetings to consider British policy regarding the Civil War. Blackett argues that though there is no proof British policy toward the Civil War would have been different had public opinion taken a different course than it did, these black orators did help sway the mood in England's cotton districts against intervention.

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