When Manchester textile workers stood against slavery and earned Lincoln’s gratitude

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Lincoln with Union officers at Antietam 1862
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Manchester cotton mill 19th century

“I hail this interchange of sentiment, therefore, as an augury that, whatever else may happen, whatever misfortune may befall your country or my own, the peace and friendship which now exist between the two nations will be, as it shall be my desire to make them, perpetual.”

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Lincoln Square, Manchester, today

“Sir, we congratulate the American people upon your reelection by a large majority. If resistance to the Slave Power was the reserved watchword of your first election, the triumphant war cry of your reelection is Death to Slavery.”

Death to Slavery is one message the workers of Manchester would have certainly endorsed.

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