A short biography of Touzeau Parris, secularist and anarchist, active in the Socialist league
Thomas Collins Touzeau Parris, usually known throughout his life as Touzeau Parris, was born in Honiton, Devon. He attended Bristol Grammar School and Bristol Baptist College. He became a Unitarian minister and chaplain for Samuel Courtauld, the mill owner. He helped his father sell books in Bristol.
A short biography of Johanna Lahr, anarchist active in the Socialist League
"The journeymen bakers of London are at last making themselves heard, being urged on by the lessons taught by the skilled and unskilled Labour Strike of the dockers, and the sweated tailors in the East End, which showed what can be done if workers are united and organised...do you toil and suffer such lives under these wretched conditions for yourselves and your families, or your masters?
Article by Fintan Lane on the pocket of anarchism in Ireland in the 1880s.
When we think of revolutionaries in late nineteenth-century Ireland, we think of Fenians rather than the anarchist agitators who were then making their presence felt on the Continent. Irish revolutionary thought focused on republicanism rather than on class politics—at least until the twentieth century.
A short biography of William Brand Parker (usually known as W.B. Parker), anarchist active in the Socialist League who later moved to the ILP and pro-war politics.
W. B. Parker was a stalwart of the Socialist League and an anarchist within it. He had been a founder of the Social Democratic Federation and appears to have joined the League in 1886. He took a regular part in SL propaganda work and was often a speaker and lecturer.
Founded in London in 1894 by James Tochatti and Louisa Sarah Bevington, Liberty (subtitled A Journal of Anarchist Communism) was a short-lived but influential anarchist publication. Contributors included William Morris, Sam Mainwaring, Errico Malatesta, Peter Kropotkin, Louise Michel, F. D. Nieuwenhuis and others.
A short biography of Tom Barclay, a founder of the Socialist League in Leicester.
Thomas Patrick Barclay was born to an impoverished Irish immigrant family in Leicester in 1852. Tom’s parents from Limerick and Mayo had been forced to quit Ireland because of the potato famine. They lived in a two-room hovel. He never went to school and was taught to read by his mother. His father scraped a living as a rag and bone man.
A short biography of Tom Cantwell, anarchist active in the Socialist League and with Freedom
"Cantwell was neither a great writer nor speaker, yet he did both well whenever he made the attempt. His specialty was spade work. He often comes to my mind when I listen to the excuses of those who think they cannot be useful without genius.
How shall we live then? is the text of the speech given by William Morris in 1889 about life under socialism.
This text is taken from the manuscript of a lecture first given by Morris at a meeting sponsored by the Fabian Society at Bloomsbury Hall London on March 1st 1889 and repeated two days later at a meeting of the Hammermith Branch of the Socialist League. It was given at least three times more in London and Leicester during January and February the following year.