French Newspaper Opinion on the American Civil War

French Newspaper Opinion on the American Civil War

by George M. Blackburn


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During the American Civil War, political ideology was the most important determinant of French journalistic attitudes. Conservatives usually supported the South while Liberals usually supported the North. Provincial newspapers, however, less consistently followed ideological patterns than their Parisian and big-city colleagues. Slavery was not a determinant of French attitudes, since all French were opposed to slavery; rather, both Conservatives and Liberals used the issue of slavery as a device to garner support. While Conservatives remained firm in believing that the South would prevail until the very end, Liberal journalists sometimes despaired of a Union triumph in the face of Northern military defeats.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313302619
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/22/1997
Series: Contributions in American History Series , #171
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)

About the Author

GEORGE M. BLACKBURN is Professor Emeritus of History at Central Michigan University.

Table of Contents


France in 1861

The 1860 Election and Secession

The Trent Affair

Changing Military Fortunes and Emancipation

The Cotton Crise

French Official Actions through Mediation

1863 and 1864

The End of the War

Bibliographical Essay


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