British Working Class Movements: Select Documents, 1789- 1875

British Working Class Movements: Select Documents, 1789- 1875

British Working Class Movements: Select Documents, 1789- 1875

British Working Class Movements: Select Documents, 1789- 1875

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This volume has been designed to serve as a companion to G. D. H. Cole's "Short History of the British Working-class Movement", which, first published more than twenty years ago, was revised throughout and extended in the new edition of 1948. It can also be used with "The Common People", by G. D. H. Cole and Raymond Postgate, of which a thoroughly revised edition was published in 1946. As both these volumes give book references, it has not been considered necessary to repeat them here; but references to both these books have been given for each main section. The passages included in the present volume are taken from many sources. A large number have been quoted from books and pamphlets included in G. D. H. Cole's collection, now at Nuffield College, Oxford. Others come from the Place and other collections in the British Museum; from the Home Office Papers at the Record Office; from the George Howell collection at the Bishopsgate Institute, London, or from similar familiar gathering grounds. Our special thanks are due to Professor Aspinall of Reading University for allowing us to supplement our own excerpts from the Home Office Papers by quoting from his volume, "The Early English Trade Unions"; to Dr. S. R. Driver, for two documents given in his life of Richard Oastler, published under the title, "Tory Radical" ; to Mrs. Barbara Hammond and to Messrs. Longmans, Green & Co. for several documents quoted from "The Skilled Labourer" and "The Village Labourer"; to Mr. A. W. Humphrey for documents quoted from his "History of Labour Representation"; to Mr. Ness Edwards, for a passage from his "History of the South Wales Miners"; to Dr. M. W. Thomas, for several extracts from his book, "The Early Factory Legislation"; to Mr. R. W. Postgate, for a passage from "The Builders' History"; and to Mr. Reg. Groves, for permission to quote a labourers' song from his "Sharpen the Sickle".

We began work on this volume in 1937, and had prepared the greater part of the material before war broke out. We had then to lay it aside, and have only now been able to finish it. It was fully in shape before, in 1948, a series of small volumes, forming a series called "History in the Making" and covering a part of the . . .

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