SAT Subject US History Practice Question 403: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 403

24. Confederate leaders hoped for a military alliance with Great Britain and France primarily because

A. European nations did not disapprove of slavery
B. Britain and France bought the bulk of the Southern cotton crop
C. the Confederate industrial base was much smaller than the Union's
D. the federal navy had remained loyal to the Union government
E. the Civil War was fought largely in Confederate territory

Correct Answer: C


The Confederacy wanted a military alliance with England and France, not to provide European soldiers, but to acquire weapons and gunpowder, supplies, money in the form of loans, and naval assistance in breaking the blockade.

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