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  • Class Cohesion versus Spurious Patriotism: A Straight Talk to British Workers

    A 2015 reprint of a 1915 pamphlet by Trade Unionist Fred Bramley, originally published at the height of reaction during World War One. Proposing class struggle and international solidarity in response to nationalism and war, it’s a unique voice of dissent within the British labour movement of the time. Learn More
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  • #17 The Peculiar History of The Sect Known as The Quakers

    Who were the Quakers? Why were they persecuted? Why did they stop being radical? How did some of Bristol's Quakers become so rich?

    From James Naylor's blasphemous ride down Corn Street to William Penn being given Pennsylvania and Abraham Darby laying the foundations of the Industrial Revolution. This is the first of two pamphlets by Jim McNeill exploring the history of the Quakers in Bristol. ᅠ ᅠ

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  • #16 Anglo-Saxon Democracy

    A popular misconception amongst the general public is that the Anglo-Saxon period was a low point in the history of what is now England; a short period in which human development made a backward step.

    Yet the Anglo-Saxon period, and particularly the period up to about AD800, in fact created a society that, for its time, may well have been amongst the most democratic and civilised of that in Europe, and even beyond.

    This pamphlet examines Anglo-Saxon history through the lens of democracy and society.

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  • #15 Votes For Ladies: The Suffrage Movement 1867–1918

    The Suffragettes are widely seen as the pinnacle of Women's radical action in the early Twentieth Century. However, was the organisation and aims of this movement as radical as the means used to try to obtain it?

    Were the Suffragettes alone in the struggle for female emancipation? And how far can the granting of limited female suffrage in 1918 be attributed to the exploits of these women?

    This pamphlet analyses this iconic 'women's' movement and question how far it can really be seen as part of Radical History.

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  • #14 Anarchism in Bristol and the West Country to 1950

    Today, there is still a lively anarchist scene in the South West and this pamphlet by Stephen E. Hunt explores the roots and history of anarchism in the region. Learn More
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  • #1 Cry Freedom, Cry Seven Stars: Thomas Clarkson In Bristol, 1787 (2nd Edition)

    This pamphlet looks at how the histories of the Seven Stars pub and the abolition movement are intertwined and also some of the remarkable coincidences that link the name 'Seven Stars' with the slave trade. During 1787 abolitionist Thomas Clarkson started his research into the slave trade in Bristol and with the help of the landlord of the Seven Stars, gathered crucial evidence to condemn the trade. Learn More
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  • #23 Pirates to Proletarians: The Experience of the Pilots and Watermen of Crockerne Pill in the Nineteenth Century

    This pamphlet charts the experiences, in the nineteenth century, of Bristol's pilots, and their assistants, in their struggle to defend their jobs and their traditional way of working, particularly as steam power emerged to replace sail. Pill people exhibited a lack of deference and were looked upon by the Bristol authorities, and many town-dwellers, as disorderly and difficult. As the nineteenth century progressed, however, the realisation took hold that the interests of the pilots and watermen of Pill had much in common with trade unionists in Bristol and the wider labour movement. Learn More
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  • #24 The Origins and an Account of Black Friday: 23rd December 1892

    Featuring illustrations, historical documents and even musical scores of strike songs, this pamphlet gives a detailed overview of the circumstances leading to Black Firday and details the events of the day itself. Learn More
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  • #25 Walter Virgo and the Blakeney Gang - 2nd Edition

    This pamphlet will examine the struggle against enclosure in the Forest of Dean in he latter part of the nineteenth century leading up to the 'Blakeney Outrages' of the 1890s. In particular it will consider the story of Walter Virgo and the "Blakeney Gang" who were accused of acts of poisoning, maiming, stealing, poaching, midnight raids, dynamiting, arson and murder in the Forest of Dean towards the end of the nineteenth century.

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  • #18 The Life & Family of William Penn: 260 Years of Bloody Colonial History

    This booklet is a short analysis of the role of the Penn family and other early Quakers in the Transatlantic Slave Trade and European expansionism in the North Americas. Uncovering previously unidentified links between generations, this pamphlet from the Bristol Radical History Group explores the darker side to the very well know and well respected Bristol family. Learn More
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