Tolpuddle And Swing

The Flea And The Elephant

Publication Details
Number: 12
By: Roger Ball
Edition: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-911522-13-3
Number of pages: 29
Format: Stapled Pamphlet
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Section: BRHG Publications
Subjects: Workers Organisations & Strikes
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In 1834 six Dorset farm labourers were tried and condemned to transportation to Australia for joining an early Trade Union.  Since then the ‘Tolpuddle Martyrs’ have become an iconic part of modern British History.  Three years before the events in Tolpuddle much of rural England was rocked by a massive uprising of farm labourers known as the ‘Swing Riots’. This pamphlet analyses why ‘Tolpuddle’ has taken its place in the popular memory, and why the far more significant events of ‘Swing’ have been distorted and forgotten.

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