Thanks Tony....I do know from my interest in Industrustial history<quoted text>
The slave trade is a tricky one - we abolished the Trade in 1807 - which was the work of Wilberforce. However, slavery in the British Empire was not ended until 1834 (power of the sugar interests in the Caribbean). Ironically, it was not until 1967 that slavery was made illegal in the UK - make of that what you will! It was clever of Lincoln to make slavery rather than the right of secession the issue once the Civil War broke out - it took UK support for the South away (cotton interests in Lancashire were keen to support the South for trade).
that Lincoln sent a letter to the mill workers of Lancashire, and
of course they had to down tools when the cotton supply dwindled from the South, the mills shut down. Very clever of Lincoln agreed, in fact I recall a statue of him in Platt Fields Manchester, now moved into the City I believe.