Uncle Tom 's Cabin By Harriet Beacher Stowe

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The Civil War affected both England and France, economically by taking out a trading partner of both countries, by challenging their morals because neither wanted to support slavery, and politically because England and France wanted a weaker United States. There were many events leading up to the war that inevitably caused it and among those, there are some standout events that especially affected foreign policy within the United States. The publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beacher Stowe outraged European nations at the detailed description about southern slavery. Slavery wasn’t a new concept, it had been around since Ancient Greece, but most large European nations had abolished it years before. France abolished it in 1794,…show more content…
The south had much better relations with England especially after President Jefferson declared an embargo on foreign trade to weaken the British economy (SOURCE 16) and until after the war, England and the north had a strained relationship. This may have been a leading cause in why the English didn’t want to support the north during the Civil War.
Europe’s view on the war was that if the south won, they would gain not only an independent trading partner that could regulate their own import and export taxes, but also a weaker United States. The Monroe Doctrine, as declared by President Monroe in 1823, stated:
“…Of events in that quarter of the globe, with which we have so much intercourse and from which we derive our origin, we have always been anxious and interested spectators. The citizens of the United States cherish sentiments the most friendly in favor of the liberty and happiness of their fellow-men on that side of the Atlantic. In the wars of the European powers in matters relating to themselves we have never taken any part, nor does it comport with our policy to do so. It is only when our rights are invaded or seriously menaced that we resent injuries or make preparation for our defense. With the movements in this hemisphere we are of necessity more immediately connected, and by causes which must be obvious to all enlightened and impartial observers. The political system of the allied powers is
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