The Lancashire Cotton Famine
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the cotton famine in Lancashire during the American Civil War, when the supply of cotton from the south was blocked and mills closed.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Cotton Famine in Lancashire from 1861-65. The Famine followed the blockade of Confederate Southern ports during the American Civil War which stopped the flow of cotton into mills in Britain and Europe. Reports at the time told of starvation, mass unemployment and migration. Abraham Lincoln wrote, "I know and deeply deplore the sufferings which the working-men of Manchester, and in all Europe, are called to endure in this crisis." While the full cause and extent of the Famine in Lancashire are disputed, the consequences of this and the cotton blockade were far reaching.
Director of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London
Professor of History at the University of East Anglia
Senior Lecturer in American Studies at University of Manchester
Producer: Simon Tillotson.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
R. J. M. Blackett, Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War (Louisiana State University Press, 2000)
Duncan Andrew Campbell, English Public Opinion and the American Civil War (Royal Historical Society, 2003)
Duncan Andrew Campbell, Unlikely Allies: Britain, America and the Victorian Origins of the Special Relationship (Bloomsbury, 2008)
Amanda Foreman, A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided (Allen Lane, 2010)
W. O. Henderson, The Lancashire Cotton Famine, 1861-1865 (first published 1934; Manchester University Press, 1969)
Howard Jones, Blue and Gray Diplomacy: A History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations (University of North Carolina Press, 2010)
Norman Longmate, The Hungry Mills: The Story of the Lancashire Cotton Famine 1861-5 (Maurice Temple Smith Ltd, 1978)
Richard Ryley, My Days are Swifter than a Weaver’s Shuttle: Richard Ryley’s Diary, 1862 (Clement, 1982)
Geoffrey Timmins, Four Centuries of Lancashire Cotton (Lancashire County Books, 1996)
John Watts, The Facts of the Cotton Famine (first published 1866; RareBooksClub.com, 2013)
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