A Nation Divided and a World Watching: Diplomacy of the Civil War

Saturday, February 22, 2014
This is a one day seminar.

9 am – 4 pm

Led by Joseph Harrington

As Union and Confederate armies were deadlocked, European powers had the opportunity to play a decisive role in the American Civil War. We will examine Confederate attempts to win diplomatic recognition and Union efforts to forestall foreign intervention. We will also consider the economic, political, and moral considerations weighing on European statesmen as they formulated policy toward the United States and the Confederacy. In preparation, please read Blue & Gray Diplomacy, chapters 2, 7, 8, and 9.

Joseph Harrington holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Connecticut. He has led numerous Newberry Library seminars.

Materials List
Note: please call the Newberry Bookstore at (312) 255-3520 in advance to check availability.


  • Jones, Howard, Blue & Gray Diplomacy: A History of Union and Confederate Relations; ISBN 978-0-8078-3349-0

Readings for the First Session:

  • For the session, please read Blue & Gray Diplomacy, chapters 2, 7, 8, and 9

Supplementary optional readings:

  • The instructor will provide a booklet with photocopies and printouts (produced at instructor’s expense) of chronologies, selections from documents, and slide exhibits.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

One session, $140.
Register Online.