The Risings of the Luddites, Chartists and Plug-Drawers: 4th Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Risings of the Luddites, Chartists and Plug-Drawers

4th Edition

By Frank Peel


349 pages

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Published in 1968. Interest in the Luddite machine-breaking and food riots of 1812 which took place in the North and Midlands continues unabated.

Peel was a pioneer local historian, collecting oral accounts from participants and old inhabitants, as well as studying the printed evidence carefully. In the introduction to the new edition, E. P. Thomopson clams that Peel's general account of Luddism in that part of Yorkshire in which he was interested (around Huddersfield) has proved to be more accurate than the analysis of Luddism as a purely industrial phenomenon given by twentieth-century historians, including the Hammonds. This book will be useful to historians of working-class movements.

Table of Contents

1. John Wood's Workshop. 2. The Oath. 3. Bad Times. 4. Spread of the Movement. 5. The Gathering at the Shears Inn, Liversedge. 6. Luddite Meeting at the 'St Crispin,' Halifax. 7. A Raid for Arms. 8. Lord Byron's Speech in Defence of the Luddites. 9. Preparing for Action. 10. The Attack on Cartwright's Mill. 11. The Wounded Luddites at the Star Inn, Liversedge. 12. The Two Deserters. 13. Flight of the Luddites. 14. Attempt to Shoot Cartwright. 15. Punishment of a Traitor - Mr. Horsfall of Marsden. 16. A Deed of Blood. 17. Death of Horsfall - Flight of the Assassins. 18. The Assassins Alarmed. 19. Murder of the Prime Minister. 20. The Apprehension of Baines, the Halifax Luddite Leader. 21. Arrest of Hartley and the Murderers of Horsfall. 22. A Narrow Escape. 23. Trial of Horsfall's Murderers. 24. Continuation of the trial of Horsfall's Murderers. 25. Execution of Mellor, Thorpe and Smith. 26. Trial of the Halifax Luddites, also of Wm. Hartley and others. 27. Trial of the Rawfold Rioters. 28. Continuation of Trial of the Rawfolds Rioters. 29. Defence of the Rawfold Rioters. 30. The Sentences. 31. Execution of the Luddites. 32. After the Bloody Assize. 33. Comforting Friends. 34. The Nottingham Captain. 35. Oliver the Spy. 36. Peterloo. 37. The Rising at Grange Moor. 38. Chartist Risings. 39. Chartist Risings. 40. The Plug Riots. 41. Last Struggles of Chartism.

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