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Diplomacy Classroom: Diplomacy and the Emancipation Proclamation

May 24 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT

Emancipation Proclamation Diplomacy Classroom

When Civil War erupted in April of 1861, President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward’s official reason for the war was to preserve the union of states, not abolish slavery. In the end, emancipation did, in fact, become a war objective.

What changed? How did the Emancipation Proclamation affect European nations’ refusal to acknowledge the Confederacy as an independent nation? And how did a Black American citizen diplomat, Sarah Parker Remond, influence British textile workers to support the cause of abolition during the war?

The National Museum of American Diplomacy’s Public Historian Dr. Alison Mann helped us understand the international implications of the Emancipation Proclamation and how America’s diplomats advocated its cause during the Civil War.

Click through below to watch the highlights:

  • Who was Sarah Parker Remond? 5:35
  • How did she appeal to workers in British textile mills? 8:27
  • What tools of diplomacy did the United States use against the Confederacy? 15:42
  • And how did it impact British textile mills? 17:11
  • Think about how this story relates to today’s textile industries. 34:50

Diplomacy Classroom is a virtual event presented by the National Museum of American Diplomacy where we explore diplomacy through a historical event, person, or contemporary global issue.

Watch Diplomacy Classroom: Diplomacy and the Emancipation Proclamation below.

 

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Date:
May 24
Time:
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
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Website:
diplomacy.state.gov/event/emancipation

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National Museum of American Diplomacy
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nmad@state.gov
Website:
diplomacy.state.gov

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