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Aaronovitch David

David Aaronovitch   Born in 1954, Aaronovitch was the son of a rather more grounded leading member of the Communist Party, the father being Sam Aaronovitch (see separate entry). David Aaronovitch was also a member […]

People’s history of Derbyshire Part I

Chapter Five

Chapter 5: “Peaceably, If We Can – Forcibly, If We Must”: trades unions, the working class and Chartism in Derbyshire in the struggle for economic and political liberty 1 The Birth of the Charter (1839) […]

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Aaronovitch Sam

Sam Aaronovitch   Aaronovitch was the second son of Lithuanian Jewish parents who fled to London in the early part of the 20th century. Born on December 26th 1919, in Stepney’s Cable Street, he left […]

People’s history of Derbyshire Part I

Chapter Six

The Golden Age of Empire – Derbyshire Trades Unionism 1848-1890 1 SUPER-PROFITS MEAN SUPER-WAGES A new generation of professional trades unionists 2 “DOING AWAY WITH PUBLIC-HOUSE CLUB HOUSES” The demise of the tramping system (1850-1913) […]

Peoples' history of Derbyshire Part II

Chapter Seven

CHAPTER SEVEN “THE WORKERS’ MOVEMENT TAKES ITS OWN COURSE” 1)  Out with the old – in with the new a) Social Conditions – 1890 to 19                     b) […]

People's history of Derbyshire Part IV

Chapter Eight

CHAPTER EIGHT                              CLASS WAR OR IMPERIALIST WAR?   THE DERBYSHIRE LABOUR MOVEMENT AND THE POLITICS OF 1914-1918   Illustration: graffiti made by conscientious objectors imprisoned in Long Eaton  1 The Unions at the outset of […]

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Abbott Bill

Bill Abbott   Born in Ancoats, Manchester in 1905, Abbott became an apprentice pattern-maker at a firm of wire manufacturers at the age of fourteen. He worked there for eight years, from 1919-27, until he […]

People's history of Derbyshire Part III

Chapter Nine

CHAPTER NINE: REFORM OR REVOLUTION? CLASS POLITICS 1918-25                                                                               1 The 1918 general election   2          The revolutionary period 1919-21                        3          Battles on the economic front – from the war to the early twenties               […]

People's history of Derbyshire Part III

Chapter Ten

CHAPTER 10 “NO SIGNS OF WEAKENING” –  THE GENERAL STRIKE OF 1926 IN DERBYSHIRE   “There were no signs of weakening. On the other hand more workers were coming out and joining the strike.” [1] […]

People's history of Derbyshire Part III

Chapter Eleven

CHAPTER 11 1927-1939  1 Mond-Turnerism: political and non-political trades unionism   After the General Strike a new spirit, a compromising one, dominated the unions. In a newspaper article, George Hicks of the Bricklayers, the 1927 […]