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Dorothy Katharine Gane Towers was born on 30th October 1923 in Greenwich, south-east
In 1945, Dorothy met Edward Thompson (see separate entry for E P Thompson) and they both helped in foreign volunteer brigades to build a railroad in
She continued to teach in adult education, was active in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and helped to draft the May Day Manifesto, published in 1968. From that year, Dorothy was a popular teacher in the history department at
Best known for her writing on the social and cultural aspects of the 19th-century Chartist movement, in 1982, she edited the collection `Over Our Dead Bodies: Women Against the Bomb’. She also edited `The Early Chartists’ (1971) and `Outsiders: Class, Gender and Nation’ (1993), mixing deep scholarship and a political insight that caused her to be admired by specialists and students alike. A collection of essays was produced in her honour, `The Duty of Discontent’, in 1995.
Dorothy died on 29th January 2011 at the age of 87.