If there is still a relatively under-researched dimension of America’s Civil War, it is its relationship with foreign countries. In her book Newest Born of Nations, Ann Tucker, an assistant professor of History at the University of North Georgia, explores how the revolutions that erupted across Europe in 1848 later inspired southern political leaders and newspapers editors to either justify or condemn the Confederate rebellion. Europe’s 1848 revolts influenced three groups of southerners. Liberal secessionists believed in white civil rights and democracy. Conservative secessionists were nationalists first who were leery of too much democracy. Unionists wanted to remain Americans and justified their own defiance of the Confederacy by citing the revolutionaries of 1776 as well as 1848.
"Newest Born of Nations: European Nationalist Movements and the Making of the Confederacy,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 22
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