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TRADE UNIONS, WORK, MURDER, AND OPPORTUNITY . An interesting collection of 40 contemporary publications. All published between 1834-1926. Featuring pieces by Bonamy Price, Charles Mackay, Frederick Harrison, A.A. Mitchell, and others.
Various Publishers - Typically studies of these topics revolve around formal parliamentary enquiry papers or Hansard type reports, and perhaps biographical memoirs. This collection though provides insights written and distributed at the time of the events in question. It represents informed public discussion of the threats and opportunities that Unions represented. This collection covers the interesting period following the repeal of the early Combinations Acts, through the development of unions with national aspirations, the influence of the union movement on the early Labour Party, and the moral and practical opposition faced by unions from some sections, including that of working men who objected to the loss of freedom sometimes forced on them (see Work and Murder, 1867 and Intimidation & Picketing, 1874). The articles reflect the conditions of the time, what was politically influential and what was limited by opposition or achieved by wider support. These articles present a much wider sense of the union movement than is available by reading standard works on the subject, which often omit or fail to follow the public debate of the time, missing out the vitally important perceptions of those who were most affected by the growth in unions and their power. One area of interest these contemporary articles give insight to is that of the intellectual dead-end, ideas that were out for debate, but for one reason or another weren't taken up. The contemporary voice they provide creates an opportunity for modern researchers, or merely the interested reader to delve further and deeper than is usually undertaken, with new and interesting insights. Interesting articles consider the Secret Organization of Trades (1859), the Despotism of the Future (1874), Direct Action (1920), the Riddle of Trade Union Funds (1926), the Trial of the Cotton Spinners, Edinburgh (1838), the Lancashire Cotton Strike (1878), Who and Where are the Unemployed (1905), the War and English Life (1915), and many others, with around 26 different writers representing a wide and varied range of political opinions and sympathies. A collection such as this would be close to impossible to reassemble, especially in these original formats, and is a very useful collection of primary source material that will allow and encourage further research into this key movement in British political, industrial and social life during the important era of the growth of industrial Britain. Note; this is a collection of 40 articles all separated and disbound from other volumes, not offprints or reprints, amounting to around 900 pages. Overall condition is very good, with bright clean, easily readable pages. There is some browning here and there to a few pages, but not many. Each article is contained in a clear protective sleeve for safe handling. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Item Type: Magazine. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; Featured; Collections. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Cosmo Books]
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