This barrel was one of thousands sent in 1863 as a gift from northerners in the United States to feed starving, unemployed cotton mill workers in Lancashire. The American Civil War stopped the free flow of raw cotton to Britain causing a desperate Cotton Famine in the northern mill towns. The story offers insights into Britain’s greatest trade, the lives of its industrial poor and tensions between moral and economic decisions.
19th century American
height: 73 cm
diameter: 55 cm
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