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The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim
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The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim

Robert E. May

Abstract

This collection of essays addresses the role of foreign affairs in the American Civil War. It argues that foreign relations held far more significance for the war's outcome than is generally recognized. Particular emphasis is given to the policies that Union president Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward adopted to ward off European recognition of Confederate independence—including their reluctance to enforce the Monroe Doctrine—and why the South's “King Cotton” diplomacy never achieved the results that Confederate founders expected when they created their new nation. The auth ... More

Keywords: Confederacy, Union, Britain, France, Mexico, Maximilian, Emancipation, King Cotton, Trent

Bibliographic Information

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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Robert E. May, author

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Introduction

ROBERT E. MAY

History and Mythology

HOWARD JONES

Pressure from Without

R. J. M. BLACKETT

“The Whole Family of Man”

JAMES M. MCPHERSON

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