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How Liberating the Slaves also Clothed the Poor
Music: Sir George Macfarren
The closure of slave plantations following the Abolition of Slavery Act in 1833 had a curious side-effect.

THE African slaves in the West Indies were usually dressed in a shirt and trousers of striped mattress sacking. As soon as they were emancipated, they wished to dress like their late masters, and Jewish entrepreneurs in London heard of it from their colleagues in the Caribbean. So they hastily washed, mended and exported second-hand clothes to the States, allowing ex-slaves to rival their former owner’s wardrobe for an eighth of the price.

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Word Play

Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Learn. Teach.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Demand. Waste. Manufacture.

Use together in one sentence: Clothes. New. Not only.

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Huskisson’s Legacy
Music: Sir William Sterndale Bennett
Charles Dickens explains how cutting tax and regulation on Britain’s global trade made everyone better off.

AUSTRALIA was the great woollen revolutionist. German superseded Spanish wool, and Australian has superseded German to a great extent. The fine wool of Spain often cost ten shillings a-pound; we now obtain an enormous supply of fine wool at from one shilling and sixpence to two shillings per pound.

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Word Play

Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Produce. Supply. Reach.

Use together in one sentence: Total. Supply. Raw.

More games: Précis. Sevens. Jigsaw. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

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