H. M. Hyndman and British Socialism

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VII LOW SPIRITS, HIGH FINANCE

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THE dawn of the new century had now come, but with it, no relief to Hyndman's gloom about the prospect of the Federation. He was irritated by the attitude of the membership which, while so largely dependent in the past upon his efforts, now failed to provide him with an opportunity for fighting the 1900 General Election. By far the best prospect of a straight fight without Liberal opposition was at Northampton, where the Radical Henry Labouchere would have welcomed him as a colleague in the representation of the two-member constituency. But unfortunately, the Northampton S.D.F. branch was far too slow in removing its existing candidate, who was something of a 'Jingo' on the South African War, and inviting Hyndman in his place. 'I am angry I confess', Hyndman wrote privately, 'that the workers have shut me finally out of the H. of C. Next time I shall be too old. But the workers always prefer mediocrities. . . .'1

It was also a matter of concern to him that the 1900 elections for the Federation's executive resulted in the return of Theodore Rothstein, the Russian émigré, at the top of the poll. Rothstein, apart from being a Jew--an offence in itself to Hyndman--had ventured to speak of past S.D.F.

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Hyndman to Wilshire, 8 Sept. 1900, Wilshire Papers; Hyndman, Further Reminiscences, pp. 421f.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Editor''s Note vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Plates x
  • I- Scion of Empire 1
  • II- Tory Radical 13
  • III- Founding the Democratic Federation 1880-1884 31
  • IV- Riots and Ructions 57
  • V- New Unions and ''Independent Labour'' 87
  • VI- Imperialism and the Second International 112
  • VII- Low Spirits, High Finance 132
  • VIII- Labour Alliance or Socialist Unity? 152
  • IX- Syndicalists and Suffragettes 179
  • X- The German Menace 194
  • XI- World War and Revolution 218
  • XII- Last Years 243
  • XIII- Epilogue 268
  • Appendix A - S.D.F. Finances 277
  • Appendix B - S.D.F. Membership 281
  • Appendix C - Bibliography of Works by H. M. Hyndman 286
  • Appendix D - List of Unpublished Sources Consulted 291
  • Index 293
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