Trent Affair

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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