Michael Sanders 'The "Plug Plot Insurrection" and Peterloo' @ Working Class Movement Library, Manchester [3 July]

Michael Sanders 'The "Plug Plot Insurrection" and Peterloo'


12
03
July
19:00 - 20:00

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Working Class Movement Library
51 The Crescent, M5 4WX City of Salford
‘Not just Peterloo’ – second in a series of talks on state violence.

Michael Sanders «How many shots were fired?»: the 'Plug Plot Insurrection' and Peterloo.

In the late summer of 1842, Lancashire teetered on the brink of insurrection. Textile workers angry at the rejection of the second Chartist petition were further provoked by notice of a planned cut in wages. They responded with a strikewave — known as the 'Plug Plot Riots'. At the height of the strike, Manchester was effectively under working class control. The Government restored 'order' only after opening fire on strikers in Preston and Halifax and arresting hundreds of trade unionists and Chartists. In this talk Mike Sanders, Senior Lecturer in 19th Century Writing at the University of Manchester examines the origins, development and significance of the 'Plug Plot Insurrection' and explores the role which the memory of Peterloo played throughout the strike.

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