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  • Textbook Binding
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (June 1959)
  • ISBN-10: 0226642216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226642215
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,219,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[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.”--MississippiValley 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.”--MississippiValley Historical Journal

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About the Author

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 RevoltandIts 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.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Hewes on October 30, 2012
Format: Textbook Binding
[[ASIN:081735526X King Cotton Diplomacy: Foreign Relations of the Confederate States of America]

It is very surprising to me that this work has not been reviewed here,particularly given that we appear to be in another "trade war" over cotton (Wall Street Journal). I will pull my first edition out and provide a more complete review later, but some of the things covered in this book - and verified by pulling original newspaper accounts - are not found in any other history of the South (that I have found) and it's economic interaction with the North, the jealousy of Northern capitalists of the growing industrial strength and ingenuity evident in an area of the country that was quickly gaining the upper hand in Congress, and the hypocrisy of the Northern slave traders who were largely the ones profiting most from slavery AND making it possible. It was largely "Yankee" merchants who were financing or owning the slave trading ships that packed hundreds of humans (mostly, but not exclusively African OR black) into squalid conditions for a long terrifying journey across the Atlantic to "the new world."

This book is not an excuse for the South's actions, and it should not be approached as such. It attempts to view the run-up to the Civil War in economic terms, but does not ignore the moral lessons. As such, it fills an important niche of knowledge - and provides numerous teachable moments -in the history of our nation. If you love history, you will devour this book.
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