"The Duties of neutrality": the impact of the American Civil War on British Columbia and Vancouver Island, 1861-1865

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dc.contributor.author Souiedan, Racan
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-31T20:12:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-31T20:12:02Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-08-31
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4232
dc.description.abstract The American Civil War resulted in lasting consequences for the British Empire’s remote Pacific colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Britons in the colonies mobilized to address the issue of defending against a potential American attack. Despite concerns surrounding the possibility of an American invasion, the conflict increased solidarity towards the United States, as public opinion in British Columbia and Vancouver Island became more pro-Union through the course of the American Civil War, with local residents regularly celebrating holidays like the Fourth of July. Local newspapers welcomed efforts by the American government to finally abolish slave labour, yet Victoria’s African American community continued to face racial discrimination, which was often blamed on resident Southerners. The conflict ultimately helped in improving public perceptions of the United States, but not without raising significant fears of American military might on the continent. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject American Civil War en_US
dc.subject United States of America en_US
dc.subject British Columbia en_US
dc.subject Vancouver Island en_US
dc.subject Military History en_US
dc.subject Confederation en_US
dc.subject Great Britain en_US
dc.subject Canadian History en_US
dc.subject American History en_US
dc.subject Colonial History en_US
dc.title "The Duties of neutrality": the impact of the American Civil War on British Columbia and Vancouver Island, 1861-1865 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Lutz, John S.
dc.degree.department Dept. of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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