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Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre
Julian Worker's review
Sep 21, 2019
I saw the brilliant film by Mike Leigh and I have now read the wonderful book by Jacqueline Riding. This was such a diabolical day in English Social History - 16th August 1819 - that it should be covered in the school history curriculum along with the Putney Debates and the Suffragetes. After reading the book I was elated that the story had been described so well, amazed that none of the magistrates / special constables at the scene were ever prosecuted successfully, and disappointed it had taken me so long to find out what had happened on that terrible day in Manchester. This is a gripping story that gradually brings the various strands of the story together, culminating in the massacre of civilians by the military. It is sad that it took another 100 years for the demands of the massacred reformers to be mostly met - annual parliaments are still a distant dream - and that it was not until 1928 that all people - apart from convicts and the insane - over 21 were allowed to vote. Everyone in the UK should read this book. If you do, you will never take democracy for granted and you will remember all those reformers who died in order for you to enjoy voting in a democracy.
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