The paid vote: America's neutrality during the Greek War for Independence

Jared Jacavone, University of Rhode Island


This paper will center upon the level of involvement New Englanders had in the Greek War of Independence from 1821-1829. Primarily focusing on the contributions of individuals and organizations, the paper will discuss the political actions that occurred to support the Greeks, and how different American citizens contributed to the conflict. In addition, the text will explore why the United States did not formally give support to the war despite the philhellenism of prominent political figures, such as Thomas Jefferson and Daniel Webster. Groups and individuals in the Boston area demonstrated competing interests that both helped and hindered aid to the Greek cause. Trade interests with China and Turkey motivated Bostonian elites to press Congress to stay out of the conflict. These same forces, however, along with political likening to the cause, fueled individual efforts that provided private American aid to the Greek Independence Movement.^

Subject Area

American history|Economic history|History

Recommended Citation

Jared Jacavone, "The paid vote: America's neutrality during the Greek War for Independence" (2017). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI10264547.