Who resisted and campaigned for abolition?

Oldham Debate: Rochdale and cotton

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At the time of the American Civil War 70% of the raw material fuelling Britain's Industrial Revolution was slave-grown cotton from the southern states of America. 16% of all Britain's jobs depended upon the cotton trade.

The pride felt in Rochdale in supporting the abolition of slavery in spite of the great dependency on slave-grown cotton is described.

Filmed at Gallery Oldham on 29 March 2008.