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This was arguably the key factor in keeping Britain from siding with the south. In 1862, with the south on the offensive, Britain and France (with Britain's lead), were about to offer to mediate the war, with the recognition of the south. There were many underlying reasons for this, one of the most powerful I have heard of, is that aristocracy in England was dealing with their own democratic movement. The aristocracy felt sympathy with the south, as they did have many things in common. But the labor unions in England of course sided with the north. If not for the issue of slavery, which England had outlawed, things might have changed. That is now an issue for authors like Harry Turtledove.

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Q: How did the Emancipation Proclamation effect England in relation to the Confederacy?
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What factors kept England from throwing its full support to the confederacy?

Initially - doubts about the viability of the Confederacy. They wanted to back a winner. Ethical position over slavery - although the war was not originally about slavery, the Lancashire cotton workers said they would sacrifice their jobs, rather than support the Confederacy. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation made it impossible for free nations abroad to support the South without looking pro-slavery themselves. Especially good diplomatic work by Lincoln's envoy in London - C.F. Adams (of the Presidential family).

Why did gret Britain and France refuse to get involved in the civil war?

Because both these countries had abolished slavery years before, and could not be seen to fight to defend slavery in America.That is why Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation - to turn the Civil War into a war on slavery (which it hadn't been originally), to keep out the British and French.NEW ANSWER:At the beginning of the Civil War, Southern leaders hoped that Europe and nations, such as England and France would be forced to support the Confederacy because their textile industries depended on the cotton which came from the South. The efforts of Southern statesmen to persuade the European powers to help the Confederacy came to be called "cotton diplomacy."As a result of cotton diplomacy, Britain and France allowed the Confederacy to have several armed warships built in their shipyards. But the South never won European recognition of the Confederacy as an independent nation or obtained major aid.Northern grain had become important in Europe, which had suffered several crop failures. At the same time, Southern cotton was increasingly replaced by cotton from India and Egypt. The Emancipation Proclamation made the Civil War a fight against slavery. The proclamation deeply impressed those Europeans who opposed slavery.

Lincoln originally adamant about remaining focused on preserving the Union issued the Emancipation Proclamation because?

Lincoln issued the proclamation mainly because he wanted to prevent England and France from allying with the Confederacy. While both England and France somewhat disliked the Union and Lincoln, both had abolished slavery already, and had strong anti-slavery sentiments within their societies. So while the South was generally militarily successful in the early war, England and France, despite being sympathetic to the South, did little to actually support it. Once the Union won a major battle (Antietam- although some consider it a draw), Lincoln issued the proclamation, so that it would not appear to be an act of desperation. The proclamation linked support for the South with support for slavery, and Lincoln correctly knew that Britain and France would not support it. Lincoln's gambit worked. The Europeans refused to support the pro-slavery South, and the proclamation even improved Lincoln's image in Europe- one prominent Italian leader proclaimed Lincoln as "the Great Emancipator", and that he would be long remembered for it. The South was forced to continue fighting the Civil War alone, and eventually lost.

Did the union soldiers represent England?

England played no part in the Civil War, though the probably supported the Confederacy because of England's textile business and the cheaper prices resulting from the slaves.

Why was it necessery for the Confederacy to seek support of Great Britain and France?

The leaders of the Confederacy need the support of England & France for several reasons. One was to secure their support & recognition as a separate country. With this status the South would be better able to borrow funds to carry on the war. The other reasons, and there were more than just two, was the hope that with the navies of either France & England, even one of these nations would help the South in breaking Union blockades on important Southern ports.

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How did the emancipation proclamation stop England and France from helping the Confederacy?

because it did

How did the emancipation proclamation keep England out of the war?

Yes it did, England for a long time was an anti slave country. In signing the Emancipation Proclamation, it abolished slavery, making England not side with the Confederacy due to their anti- slave laws

What European country was supposed to help the confederacy?

The Confederacy thought that England would give it substantial help. In the beginning England provided some help including three warships. However, when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, it became politically impossible for England to provide any additional assistance for the Confederacy.

Was the emancipation proclamation enforcible?

No, Lincoln knew that there would be no way to enforce it because he had no control over the southern states. He made the emancipation proclamation to make the civil war about slavery so that England would not interfere and help the Confederacy. The British might have stepped in to support the confederacy gain independence, but when the war became about slavery, they had no interest in the issue of helping slaves.

Why did England and France decide not to assist the South during the Civil War?

Because Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation. After that, they couldn't have aided the Confederacy without looking pro-slavery.

After the east Battle of Antietam and the emancipation did England help the confederacy?

As far as recognition of the Confederacy, England did not help them. There was some trade carried out, but official recognition and aid was not forthcoming.

Why was the the Battle of Antietam important?

As the first major Union victory in the East, Antietam allowed Lincoln to announce the Emancipation Proclamation. It also dissuaded foreign powers, particularly England and France from recognizing the Confederacy diplomatically.

What was the confederate plan to enlist England's aid in return for continued cotton shipments?

It was exactly that. Only Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation prevented Britain from granting recognition to the Confederacy - it would have made them look pro-slavery themselves.

How did the emancipation proclamation affect England and France?

It made it impossible for them to grant recognition to the Confederacy, and send military aid, without looking pro-slavery themselves. This was the principal aim of the Proclamation (behind the pretence of a human rights document), and it succeeded brilliantly - a huge tribute to Lincoln's talent.

Why did Frederick Douglass go to England before emancipation proclamation?

As an escaped slave, he was still subject to the Fugitive Slave Law.

Did the Emancipation Proclamation affect the south greatly?

The Emancipation Proclamation had no immediate affect on the confederacy because it applied only in those territories then in rebellion against the United States government. The Us government had no means of enforcing it in those places. In the long run it did affect the South because it cast the Civil War very clearly as a war against slavery, and thus reduced the ability of the South to get aid from England or France.

Why do you think the emancipation proclamation might be considered a turning point of the civil war?

It prevented England and France from intervening on the South's behalf.

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