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#12 Tolpuddle and Swing: The Flea and the Elephant

by Roger Ball

The 'Tolpuddle Martyrs' are the well known labourers who were condemned to transportation for joining a trade union, and are well noted in English history. This pamphlet from Bristol Radical History Group looks into the circumstances around which the uprising occurred and also at why the much more significant 'Swing' riots of 1831 are so little known in comparison.
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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 with 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 the far more significant events of 'Swing' have been distorted and forgotten.

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