This week sees the anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War on 12th April 1861. At first glance not a topic that has much to do with Liverpool. However, because of the economic and global environment of the time, especially the importance to Great Britain of cotton, Liverpool played a major role in the conflict.I spoke recently to BBC Radio Merseyside about some of our collections that reveal the story of Liverpool and the American Civil War. A lot of what I spoke about can be seen on our online exhibitions on our website or the original documents can be viewed during the public open days at the Maritime Archives & Library. It really is a fascinating story involving battleships, spies and financial intrigue. I am waiting for the day someone decides to make a multi series, high production value, TV show about it.
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