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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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“The Whole Family of Man”

“The Whole Family of Man”

Lincoln and the Last Best Hope Abroad

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(p.145) “The Whole Family of Man”
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The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim
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James M. McPherson

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049229.003.0005

James M. McPherson's chapter probes the meaning of the American Civil War to other peoples and governments, especially in Europe and Latin America. He underlines the Civil War's significance in human history by arguing that peoples in other countries carefully followed the Civil War and were profoundly affected by its outcome. While the war was in progress, liberals abroad, especially after the abolition of slavery was incorporated into Union war aims, tended to accept the war on Lincoln's terms—to view the Union as the embodiment of democracy and the hopes of oppressed peoples everywhere. In contrast, conservatives leaned toward the Confederacy. McPherson gives attention to Russia's role in the war within this dichotomy. He emphasizes that the Union's victory inspired supporters of expanded suffrage in Britain, republicans in Spain, and abolitionists in Brazil and Cuba.

Keywords:   Lincoln, Liberals, Stoeckl, Russia, Bright, Mills, Emancipation, Cotton, Reform

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