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The Life of William Cobbett


G Cole

ISBN 9781138564466
Published October 13, 2017 by Routledge

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Book Description

This volume is representative of the historical works of a particular period (1923-29) when there was a hiatus in the output of Cole the theoretician. It is an extraordinary contribution to labour history and is among the finest of his historical works.


Table of Contents

1. The Times  2. Boyhood and Youth  3. Life in the Army  4. The Soldier’s Friend  5. Peter Porcupine in America  6. Entry into English Politics  7. The ‘Pitt System’ – the Passing of Anti-Jacobinism  8. Life at Botley  9. Cobbett Joins the Radicals  10. The Change in Cobbett’s Opinions – ‘Perish Commerce!’  11. Prosecution and Sentence  12. In Newgate – The Luddites  13. The Fall of Napoleon – Religious Opinions – The Corn Laws  14. The Fruits of Victory  15.Two Years’ Residence in America  16. The Six Acts – Queen Caroline  17. Factory Slavery – Cobbett and the Trade Unions  18. Grammar and Husbandry  19. Catholic Emancipation – the Preston Election  20. Advice to Young Men  21. Rural Rides  22. The Reform Movement – the Labourers’ Revolt  23. The Reform Act 24. The Reformed Parliament – The ‘Trades Union’  25 The Poor Law Struggle  26. A Tour in Ireland – The End. Postscripts – I Cobbett’s Will and Effects  II ‘The Political Register’  III Cobbett’s Seat in Parliament  IV Cobbett’s Family A Brief Bibliography of Cobbett’s Writings A Note on Books Valuable for the Study of Cobbett’s Times.  General Index.

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