written by: GARY YOUNGE
animated by: TOM CONTI
with support from: MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL
"It’s always fun to tell people something they may not have heard and certainly I’d never heard that Abraham Lincoln had any connection to Manchester or indeed that the people of Manchester made the sacrifice that they did.”
Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to the people of Manchester to thank them for boycotting slave made goods.
As the largest processor of cotton in the world at that time, Manchester had a role to play. Their workers took a moral and political stance by boycotting Southern cotton in protest of slave labour. Many lost their livelihoods as a result.