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Lincoln, Seward, and US Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era

Joseph A. Fry


As the Civil War began, President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William Henry Seward formed a most unlikely, but exceedingly successful foreign policy partnership. While functioning as the senior partner, Lincoln instituted a one-war policy as the cornerstone of US diplomacy, brilliantly articulated the international importance of preserving the nation’s republican experiment, linked freeing the slaves to the Union’s survival, and oversaw the North’s military efforts. By threatening war with any nation that intervened in the American conflict, Seward practiced a purposeful brinkmanshi ... More

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Seward, Foreign policy partnership, Civil War, Civil War diplomacy, US foreign relations, US imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813177120
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813177120.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph A. Fry, author
University of Nevada, Las Vegas