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The History of the Rochdale Pioneers

1st Edition

By George Jacob Holyoake


207 pages

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First published in 1893, this tenth edition of The History of the Rochdale Pioneers, is an example of the nineteenth-century tradition of self-help manuals. It describes the origins and the development of the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society, the problems faced by the Rochdale Pioneers through economically tough times and how the collective were able to overcome these difficulties.

This book will be of interest to those studying the history of social welfare, class and economics, as well as the Co-operative Movement.

Table of Contents

Part I: 1844-57; 1. The First Efforts and the Kind of people who made them 2. Appointment of a Deputation to Masters - Great Debate in the Flannel Weavers’ Parliament 3. The Doffers Appear at the Opening Day – Moral Buying as well as Moral Selling 4. The Society Tried by Two Well-Known Difficulties – Prejudice and Sectarianism 5. Enemies Within and Enemies Without, and how they were Conquered 6. The Great Flour Mill Panic 7. Successive Steps of Success – The Rochdale Store on a Saturday Night 8. Anecdotes of the Members – The Working Class Stand by the Store and they ‘Know the Reason Why’ 9. Rules and Aims of the Society 10. The Old Co-operators – Why They Failed. The New Co-operators – Why they Succeed 11. An Illustrative Chapter 12. An Old Pioneer’s Account of the Origin of the Store; Part II – 1857-78; 13. The Weavers’ Dream 14. The Famous Twenty-Eight 15. Legal Impediments to Economy 16. Querulous Outsiders 17. Four Dangerous Years 18. Halting on the Way 19. Story of the Corn Mill 20. Origin of the ‘Wholesale’ 21. Co-operative Administration 22. The Branch Store Agitation 23. Other Characteristics of the Rochdale Pioneers 24. Contests for Principle 25. Dead Pioneers; Part III: 1982; 26. The Rochdale Congress of 1892

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The History of Social Welfare

This set of 25 volumes, originally published between 1805 and 1992, amalgamates original nineteenth-century material and more recent research and analysis on the development of social welfare in Britain and Europe. From Elizabethan poor relief, through the Poor Laws of the nineteenth-century, to the establishment of the British National Health Service in the mid twentieth-century, this set provides a comprehensive overview of the germination and establishment of modern social welfare. Although the set mainly focuses on social welfare in Britain, it also contains some work on welfare in Europe.

This set will be of keen interest to those studying the history of social welfare, social policy, poverty and class.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Social History