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 Posted: Wed Apr 18th, 2012 12:30 am
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Not entirely true Hank. The Confederate government forbade export of cotton until late 1864 in a bid to force Great Britain's hand and to encourage planters to produce things more useful to the war effort. Unfortunately for the Rebs, GB found that once they finally ran out of cotton in 1863, they could produce their own cotton in Egypt and India. I do agree with you, however, that the blockade had the psychological effect of isolating the Confederacy from the rest of the world. Historians have argued as to whether this isolation effect helped or hindered the war effort. People do tend to rally around the cause when they feel persecuted.

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