A SPINDLE-SONG, FOR YE BOLD BRITON.
Title:A SPINDLE-SONG, FOR YE BOLD BRITON.
Publication:Vanity Fair (1859-1863)
Published in:New York
This satirical poem from Vanity Fair, a New York magazine, depicts British dependence on the cotton trade as so all-consuming that it supersedes the centrality of other British institutions and values. ‘Buckingham Palace’ is used as metonym for British nobility, whilst ‘Exeter Hall’ (in London, not Exeter, where anti-slavery meetings were held in the run-up to British Abolition) is used as a metonym for British national morality. The latter is seen as compromised when British trade interests are threatens. – SR