The Alabama Claims were a series of claims for damages by the United States government against the government of Great Britain for the assistance given to the Confederate cause during the American Civil War. After international arbitration endorsed the American position in 1872, Britain settled the matter by paying the U.S. $15.5 million for damages done by several warships built in Britain and sold to the Confederacy, thus ending the dispute and ensuring friendly relations.
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“While over Alabama earth
These words are gently spoken:
Serveand hate will die unborn.
Loveand chains are broken.”
—Langston Hughes (20th century)
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—Frances Power Cobbe (18221904)