Lincoln’s P.R. Coup
By Aaron W. Marrs
Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State
Released December 2, 2011
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.