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The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim

Robert E. May

Publication Year: 2013

From French intervention in Mexico to British interests in the Caribbean, the impact of the Civil War extended far beyond military campaigns in Virginia, diffusing widely into the Atlantic world. Revised to take into account the outpouring of scholarship on Civil War diplomacy that has appeared since the book was first published, The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim features essays by acclaimed historians Howard Jones, R. J. M. Blackett, Thomas Schoonover, and James M. McPherson.

Published by: University Press of Florida


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pp. ix-x

The ghost of a distinguished historian haunts this collection of lectures about the diplomacy of the American Civil War. Certainly Louis Martin Sears (1885–1960), whose bequest to Purdue University provided for a lecture series and visiting professorships in U.S. diplomatic history, ...

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pp. 1-42

The Civil War is usually remembered as a purely domestic struggle. Americans fought their fellow countrymen, or, as Confederates believed, their former fellow countrymen, at sites on U.S. soil such as Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg or on waters just offshore such as Hampton Roads and Mobile Bay. ...

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History and Mythology The Crisis over British Intervention in the Civil War

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pp. 43-82

In late 1862, the British government attempted to mastermind a European intervention in the American Civil War that would doubtless have assured southern independence. To date, historians have not adequately explained why that intervention never took place, though there is a substantial agreement that a European involvement in the war would have had momentous consequences ...

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Pressure from Without African Americans, British Public Opinion, and Civil War Diplomacy

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pp. 83-114

Writing in 1886, Samuel Fielden, one of the Haymarket Martyrs, reminisced of his youth in Tormorden in the 1850s about how his father would take him to political meetings where all the major issues affecting the British working class were discussed. ...

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Napoleon Is Coming! Maximilian Is Coming? The International History of the Civil War in the Caribbean Basin

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pp. 115-144

As the inhabitants of Veracruz, Mexico awoke on 8 December 1861, twenty-six Spanish vessels lay off coast. This expeditionary force quickly overcame the local opposition and landed 6,000 Spanish troops. Mexican officials no longer governed their nation's major port. ...

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“The Whole Family of Man” Lincoln and the Last Best Hope Abroad

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pp. 145-172

On 1 December 1862, Abraham Lincoln delivered his second annual message to Congress. Today we would call it the State of the Union Address. The state of the Union in December 1862 was perilous in the extreme. The Confederate States of America stood proud and defiant as an independent nation whose existence mocked the pretense of union. ...

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pp. 175-184

E-ISBN-13: 9780813048680
E-ISBN-10: 0813048680
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813049229

Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: Revised

OCLC Number: 860394302
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  • United States -- Foreign relations -- 1861-1865.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
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