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Losing the Thread: Cotton, Liverpool and the American Civil War

Jim Powell


Losing the Thread is the first full-length study of the effect of the American Civil War on Britain’s raw cotton trade and on the Liverpool cotton market. It details the worst crisis in the British cotton trade in the 19th century. Before the civil war, America supplied 80 per cent of Britain’s cotton. In August 1861, this fell to almost zero, where it remained for four years. Despite increased supplies from elsewhere, Britain’s largest industry received only 36 per cent of the raw material it needed from 1862 to 1864. This book establishes the facts of Britain’s raw cotton supply during the w ... More

Keywords: cotton, Liverpool, American Civil War, cotton brokers, Lancashire cotton famine, British cotton trade in the 19th century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781789622492
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789622492.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jim Powell, author