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Brunswick Civil War Round Table
"King Cotton" Diplomacy is Topic of
Next Brunswick Civil War Round Table Meeting
24, 2012 - Southport, NC - Tuesday, June 5th is the next
meeting of the Round Table. The speaker will be Max R.
Williams, Professor of History Emeritus, Western
Carolina University. His presentation is entitled, "When
Cotton Wasn't King: Civil War Diplomacy." The meeting
will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E.
Nash St., Southport. Registration begins at 6:30.
Civil War, both the North and the South fought for
freedom as they conceived it. Both sides anticipated a
short war. However, after four years of battle, both
sides were bloodied, and the South lay prostrate. How
could the leaders of the Confederacy have been so
misled? They were aware of the superiority of the
Federal government in manpower, manufacturing, railroad
mileage, ammunition factories and finance. Why did they
expect success? King Cotton! Southern leaders believed
both England and France would lift the American blockade
so that cotton might flow into their textile mills. This
assumption proved wrong despite a fierce diplomatic
campaign to entice the European powers to intervene.
Arguably, diplomacy played a decisive role in the
Max Williams is well qualified to speak on this
interesting topic which had a major impact on the
outcome of the war. He is a North Carolina native;
award-winning career educator for 38 years of teaching,
34 years on the History Faculty; the only recipient of
all major awards offered by Western Carolina University
for teaching, research and service; a well-respected
publications editor; and, is currently director and
program coordinator for the Round Table.
Everyone is welcome. There is no admission fee for this
meeting. It will be the last meeting before the
July/August break. Visitors are encouraged to become
members of this fast growing non-profit organization
where most of the dues collected go toward inviting the
most renowned and knowledgeable Civil War historians.
Annual dues are $25 for adults and couples, and there is
no longer a membership fee for students.
For more information, contact Wally Rueckel at (910)
Southport, NC Hotel