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    that the textile workers in Britain were rabidly anti-Confederate and that it would have meant war between the US and Britain.

    The Confederates acted on the assumptions you describe at the beginning of the war by embargoing the export of cotton. The result was to starve themselves of the foreign exchange necessary to effectively prosecute the rebellion. By the time they realized their blunder, the effectiveness of the Union blockade had rendered it irreversible.

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:49:06 PM PDT

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