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A History of the Cotton Industry
Paul Mason charts the rise and fall of the Lancashire cotton industry.

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20070613

A History of the Cotton Industry

Paul Mason charts the rise and fall of the Lancashire cotton industry.

1/4. He visits Cromford Mill to discover how cotton ushered in the industrial revolution and grew to dominate British exports for well over a century.

20070620

A History of the Cotton Industry

Paul Mason charts the rise and fall of the Lancashire cotton industry.

2/4. He examines how the trade changed the face of 19th-century British politics. From the Peterloo massacre to the American Civil War, he tells the story of cotton's role in winning the vote for the masses.

20070627

A History of the Cotton Industry

Paul Mason charts the rise and fall of the Lancashire cotton industry.

3/4. He sets out to demolish the myth that life in the Lancashire cotton towns was all flat caps and rickets, arguing that the workers in the mill towns enjoyed the most developed leisure economy in the world.

20070704

A History of the Cotton Industry

Paul Mason charts the rise and fall of the Lancashire cotton industry.

4/4. He describes how the decline of the industry shaped Lancashire as dramatically as its birth, leaving a multi-cultural population as its lasting legacy.

0120070613

He visits Cromford Mill to discover how cotton ushered in the industrial revolution and grew to dominate British exports for well over a century.

0120070613

He visits Cromford Mill to discover how cotton ushered in the industrial revolution and grew to dominate British exports for well over a century.

0220070620

He examines how the trade changed the face of 19th-century British politics. From the Peterloo massacre to the American Civil War, he tells the story of cotton's role in winning the vote for the masses.

0220070620

He examines how the trade changed the face of 19th-century British politics. From the Peterloo massacre to the American Civil War, he tells the story of cotton's role in winning the vote for the masses.

0320070627

He sets out to demolish the myth that life in the Lancashire cotton towns was all flat caps and rickets, arguing that the workers in the mill towns enjoyed the most developed leisure economy in the world.

0320070627

He sets out to demolish the myth that life in the Lancashire cotton towns was all flat caps and rickets, arguing that the workers in the mill towns enjoyed the most developed leisure economy in the world.

04 LAST20070704

He describes how the decline of the industry shaped Lancashire as dramatically as its birth, leaving a multi-cultural population as its lasting legacy.

04 LAST20070704

He describes how the decline of the industry shaped Lancashire as dramatically as its birth, leaving a multi-cultural population as its lasting legacy.