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King Cotton Diplomacy, King Cotton Diplomacy, 081735526X, 0-8173-5526-X, 978-0-8173-5526-5, 9780817355265,

King Cotton Diplomacy
Foreign Relations of the Confederate States of America

Quality Paper
644 pp.
Price:  $49.95 s

The exhaustive, definitive study of Southern attempts to gain international support for the Confederacy by leveraging the cotton supply for European intervention during the Civil War. Using previously untapped sources from Britain and France, along with documents from the Confederacy’s state department, Frank Owsley’s King Cotton Diplomacy is the first archival-based study of Confederate diplomacy.

Frank Lawrence Owsley (1890-1956) taught at Auburn, Birmingham-Southern, and then at Vanderbilt for 29 years before becoming the first incumbent of the Hugo Friedman Chair in Southern History at The University of Alabama in 1949. His other works include States Rights in the Confederacy and Plain Folk of the Old South.


Howard Jones is University Research Professor in the Department of History, University of Alabama. Among his numerous books are Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law and Diplomacy; To the Webster-Ashburton Treaty: A Study in Anglo-American Relations, 1783-1843; Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the Diplomacy of the Civil War; and Union in Peril: The Crisis Over British Intervention in the Civil War.

“[T]he most important contribution that has so far been made to the diplomatic history of the United States during this period.  Owsley recognizes the significance of economic forces underlying politics and diplomacy with the result that he has extended the scope of his study beyond the documents and given a much more valid interpretation of the diplomatic history of this period.”--Mississippi Valley Historical Review

“On its initial publication King Cotton Diplomacy was hailed as a definitive study of Confederate foreign affairs. It was most highly acclaimed for its fresh interpretations of the reasons why England and France refused to grant recognition and aid to the Confederacy. Harriet Chappell Owsley presents a new and revised edition . . . and has in many places tightened and improved the literary style, but she has permitted the new volume to retain both the substance and the flavor of the earlier edition.”--Mississippi Valley Historical Journal

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