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Emma B BS: How Poor Were (Are) You? (145* d) RE: BS: How Poor Were (Are) You? 18 Sep 10

The Lancashire 'Cotton Famine', was a depression in the textile industry of North West England, in the mid C19th brought about by the interruption of baled cotton imports as a result of the American Civil War.

The factories ran out of raw cotton to process and large parts of Lancashire working society became unemployed, and went from being amongst the most prosperous workers in Britain to the most impoverished.

A 'recipe' from the period is for 'Brewis'

Pour boiling water over a crust of bread, pour the water off and sprinkle salt and pepper on the bread. Serve.

THAT'S 'poor'!

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