Americans demanded the world's attention during their Civil War and Reconstruction. Newspapers around the globe reported the latest news from the United States as one vast battle followed another, as the largest system of slavery in the world crashed into pieces, as American democracy expanded to include people who had been enslaved only a few years before.
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Ayers, Edward L. "The American Civil War, Emancipation and Reconstruction on the World Stage." OAH Magazine of History, 20,1 (January 2006): 54-61.