The ‘special relationship’ that exists between Britain and America is something we can hear a lot about. Today we often think of it as the link between Prime Minister and President, the various joint military efforts, and the economic connection. It was only yesterday (23rd July 2015) that President Obama declared the importance of this special bond between the countries, and the need for Britain to remain a champion of the American cause. However there is another side to this ‘special relationship’ which is distant from the military and economic union which the leaders often strive for. It is a union of the people, where ideas, campaigns, and friendships have reached across the pond and joined the two countries.
In this podcast, Professor Brian Ward of Northumbia University discusses the history of this link, the US Civil Rights Movement, and what we can learn from it all for today.