Civil War

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

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Sarah Parker Redmond Emancipation Proclamation
Sarah Parker Remond: Citizen Diplomacy and the Emancipation Proclamation as Foreign Policy
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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…

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President Abraham Lincoln's 1861 Cabinet
The Trent Affair: Diplomacy, Britain, and the American Civil War
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In 1861, as the Civil War was beginning at home, U.S. diplomats faced a unique dilemma.  The United States needed to maintain relationships abroad. At the same time, the self-proclaimed Confederate States of America sought foreign recognition as an independent nation. Domestic politics and international relations became intertwined when Confederate diplomats were taken prisoner from…

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