The 1819 massacre of workers in Manchester

Brian G Turner

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History tends to be written by the rich, about the rich, for the rich. So it's good to see some little-known working-class history not only being discussed, but also made into a film:

The man who ordered a massacre

In 1819, a troop of sabre-wielding cavalrymen charged into a huge workers' rights protest in Manchester. The carnage that followed is the subject of a new film starring Maxine Peake.
 

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This is an important piece of social history, and it's good to see that it is being reported. I hope it just tells the story and doesn't try any banal modern-day comparisons. I'm in two minds about Mike Leigh, but Maxine Peake is always decent.
 

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I believe it was touched on in an episode of "Sharp".

But they relocated it to Keigthley Yorks.
 

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A standard part of the 19th c. history curriculum when I took my A level at a comprehensive. Captain Swing, bread riots, corn laws, rotten boroughs, 1832 reform act and chartism.
 

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Well, you did if you read one of my posts in K2's critiques thread in July, because there it is:

I have a better grasp of history than a lot of people, but I still couldn't give you a chapter on the Corn Laws or the Peterloo Massacre or the founding of the NHS or the Suffragette movement, and arguably they all have some bearing on my life today
:p
 

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There was an excellent drama on channel 4 a decade or so ago. A real shame that it doesn't appear to be available now.
 

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