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Manchester

Fascism and anti-fascism in 1930s Manchester

Blackshirts on the streets of Manchester, 1934

An account of the growth of fascism in Manchester in the early 1930s, and working class resistance to it.

The general strike of 1842

As many as half a million workers may have been caught up in a strike wave which linked demands for the Charter and an end to pay cuts. This page tells the story and names the leaders.

Manchester Calling

The Red Menace: very stimulating reading.

Eyewitness account of the Peterloo massacre - Samuel Bamford

Poster entitled Manchester Heroes, published in 1819

A first person account of the Peterloo massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators by the British army in 1819, by Samuel Bamford, who was arrested and imprisoned for a year after the killings.

History of the Peterloo massacre, 1819

Print of the Peterloo Massacre published by Richard Carlile

A short history of the mass killing of workers protesting for democracy and better conditions by the British army in 1819. While brutal, the repression did not dampen working class unrest but in fact helped spawn the Chartist reform movement.

LSSE Wobblies send solidarity to the sacked A2Z staff

Support sacked A2Z staff

The IWW members at the Leicester Square School of English would like to send our fullest solidarity to the workers at the Dublin A2Z language school who, much like ourselves, have experienced the callous indifference of TEFL bosses.

Porcelain

A jug commemorating the Peterloo Massacre

Since I visited the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell I have been harbouring an interest in porcelain, pots, ceramics and such folk, craft, popular art objects which commemorate radical moments in history.

Abe Lincoln and the 'sublime heroism' of British workers

A blog by Paul Mason detailing the support of Manchester's white textile workers of black slaves during the American civil war. This article is reproduced here not as an uncritical endorsement of Mason or his conclusions, but as worthwhile and interesting piece exploring a little known chapter of international and racial solidarity.

The 1842 Strike

In the summer of 1842 a great wave of strikes engulfed Lancashire and Yorkshire. The wave began in the Staffordshire coalfield in July when the miners went on strike for fewer hours and more pay. They also linked economic with political demands when a meeting passed a resolution stating that “nothing but the People’s Charter can give us a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work’.” Miners marched from pit to pit spreading the strike as far north as Stockport.

Miserable worker

The first of a bulletin produced by workers around the Manchester area, tirading against work, published in the Subversion journal.