Lancashire

The Luddites: machine-breaking in regency England

Cartoon depicting the fictional Luddite leader Ned Ludd

A historical overview and analysis of the Luddite movement 1811-1816 which swept parts of the UK as workers smashed machines to defend their jobs, pay and conditions.

Mail order millions - Paul Bolton

Mail Order Millions

'Mail Order Millions' was written by Paul Bolton and published by Solidarity (North West) - the first pamphlet they issued, analysing the mail order retail business in the region. It's undated but came out before the first issue of the Solidarity (North West) magazine in the latter part of 1969.

The road to Wigan Pier - George Orwell

Orwell's examinations of the conditions for the working class in the north of England prior to World War Two and how he became a socialist.

Stakhanovism and the British workers

Alexei Stakhanov

Marie Louise Berneri's article on Stakhanovism and other methods imposed on workers in order to squeeze more productivity and profit out of them for the Soviet and British war economies. Written in 1942 and reprinted in The Left and World War 2: Selections from the Anarchist Journal 'War Commentary' 1939-1943.

There is blood on your hands Mr. Lawson!

A Freedom article on Agustin Soler's suicide on 11th July, 1945, and the then Labour government's policy of interning anti-fascists.

The Lancashire coalfield 1945-1972: NUM-Labour Party hegemony and industrial change

An article by Stephen Catterall on the colliery closures of the fifties and sixties in the Lancashire region and the relationship between the NUM and the Labour Party.