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Public Order, Discontent and Protest (1820-1830)

“This series is extraordinarily rich. It contains not only correspondence from harassed magistrates, but a wealth of manuscript and printed sources arising out of local crises during these peculiarly difficult years... This invaluable series is to be commended." -- Gwyn A. Williams, Formerly Professor of History, University College, Cardiff .

The Government’s archives in Home Office Class HO52 consists of original correspondence and documents on public order and agitation sent to the Home Secretary by local authorities throughout Britain. This collection gives a vivid picture of conflict and struggle and provide first-hand accounts of working class activities throughout the United Kingdom in these formative years of the world’s first industrial revolution.

Date range:  1820-1830

Size: 15 reels of microfilm

Language:  English

Keywords:  Government, protest, working class movements.

Notes: Related collections include the British Labour Party archives, the Trades Union Congress archives, Francis Place papers, Working Class Autobiographies, and Rare Radical and Labour Periodicals.