At the end of the American Civil War, both North and South condemned Britain for allegedly sympathising with the other side. Yet, after the conflict, a traditional interpretation of the subject arose which divided English sentiment between progressivism siding with the Union and conservatism supporting the Confederacy. Despite historians subsequently questioning whether English opinion can be so easily divided, challenging certain aspects and arguments of this version of events, the traditional interpretation has persevered and remains the dominant view of the subject. This work posits that English public and political opinion was t, in fact, split between two such opposing camps - rather, that most in England were suspicious of both sides in the conflict, and even those who did take sides did t consist largely of any one particular social or political group. Covering the period from 1861 to 1865, Campbell traces the development of English opinion on the American Civil War, looking particularly at reaction to issues of slavery, neutral rights, democracy, republicanism, American expansionism, trade and propaganda. In so doing, he offers a new interpretation of English attitudes towards the American Civil War. Duncan Andrew Campbell lectures in the Department of American Studies, University of Wales Swansea.
DUNCAN ANDREW CAMPBELL lectures in the Department of American Studies, University of Wales Swansea.
Duncan Andrew Campbell
Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Date of Publication
Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series