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May 14, 2015

The 'sublime heroism' of British workers

This is an amazing story about hundreds of thousands of skilled and semi-skilled British citizens in Lancashire in the 1860s who refused to mill slave cotton from the American South. They persisted in resisting slavery despite losing their jobs and their livelihoods.

They starved to defend the freedom of people on the other side of the Atlantic.

One essential key . . .they and supportive mill owners were energised by evangelical Christianity and a moral ideal.

Abraham Lincoln called their heroism sublime.

Heard on BBC Radio 4: The Lancashire Cotton Famine

May 08, 2015

We remember VE Day

And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.