Diggers

Overview: The Explosion of Deferred Dreams

Musician and historian Matt Callahan rehistoricizes the San Francisco music scene of the 1960s, reconnecting it to the working class and radical political legacies of the Bay Area.

Cotters and squatters: housing's hidden history

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Colin Ward's Cotters and Squatters explores the story of squatter settlement in England and Wales: from our cave-dwelling recent ancestors to the Diggers and on the industrial revolution; and from twentieth-century mass squatting to modern claims that The Land is Ours.

The Working Class Movement in England: Eleanor Marx

An account of the growth of the Working Class movement in England and the United Kingdom, from the middle ages to the 1890's.

The law of freedom in a platform - Gerrard Winstanley

Set out in 1652, this is Winstanley's vision for a future without money or such extreme laws of private property as we have today. Winstanley was aware that the English Civil War meant a consolidation of power for the Merchant Classes and Landowners and he - quite rightly - predicted the misery and corruption to come.

Levellers, True Levellers, and the Diggers of 1649

An incomplete dramatisation of the founding of the True Levellers or the "Diggers" and their first agrarian commune.

A true account of the New Model Army - Paul Z. Simons

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An account of the New Model Army and its links with the Revolutionary movements unleashed by the English Civil War.

Wigan celebrates its radical communist heritage

Several hundred people converged on the centre of the lovely town of Wigan to celebrate the life of local radical Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) and the Diggers' (True Leveller) Movement that he played a central role in establishing.

A shadow of glorious (though strange) good things to come: The Ranters and libertarian communism in the English civil war

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An examination of the Ranters, one of the most radical groups to emerge during the English Civil War. Taken from issue 74 of Organise!, the Anarchist Federation's magazine.

1642-1652: The Diggers and the Levellers

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A history of the radical movements the Diggers and the Levellers which sprung up around the English Civil War.

A Declaration From the Poor Oppressed People of England

A declaration from the poor oppressed people of England, directed to all those that call themselves, or are called Lords of Manors, through this nation; That have begun to cut, or that through fear and covetousness, do intend to cut down the Woods and Trees that grow upon the Commons and Waste Land.

Printed in the Yeer, 1649.