Plan for the slave ship Brooks, built in Liverpool. (via)
Elvis Costello’s song “Red Cotton” takes a look at Liverpool’s role in the slave trade. The port town built and housed many slave ships, and was the starting point of many slave-trading expeditions.
Elvis’s song imagines that P.T. Barnum reads an abolitionist pamphlet while in the midst of his “All-American Tour”. The pamphlet might have included plans like the one above, which displayed the inhumane, cramped conditions on the ships.
Hear “Red Cotton,” and more about Liverpool, slavery and P.T. Barnum, in our conversation with Elvis.
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