Lincoln’s British enemies

Contrary to popular belief, thousands of Britons supported the slave-holding South during the American Civil War. In fact, it was only the arrival of a formidable new weapon that largely prevented a British intervention, as Thomas E Sebrell II explains

The Edinburgh memorial to Scots who fought in the Union army. Erected in 1893, it shows a former slave gazing up at Abraham Lincoln. (Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2011 edition of BBC History Magazine

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