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Lincoln’s P.R. Coup

Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State


Lincoln’s P.R. Coup (New York Times article)

In addition to the domestic challenge it presented, the fledgling Confederacy posed a foreign policy dilemma for Abraham Lincoln’s administration. The Confederacy hoped to use its position as a crucial source of cotton to secure recognition from foreign powers and boost its legitimacy, and it sent commissioners abroad to sway other countries into supporting its cause.