May 14th, 2015
Episode 459 of 537 episodes
The Cotton Famine in Lancashire from 1861-65 followed the blockade of Confederate Southern ports during the American Civil War which stopped the flow of cotton into mills in Britain. Reports at the time told of starvation, mass unemployment and migration. While the full cause and extent of the Famine in Lancashire are disputed, the consequences of this and the cotton blockade were far reaching. Melvyn Bragg is joined by Lawrence Goldman, Director of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London; Emma Griffin, Professor of History at the University of East Anglia and David Brown, Senior Lecturer in American Studies at University of Manchester.