Idle Hands, Clenched Fists - The Depression in a Shipyard Town, by Stephen F. Kelly
Published by Spokesman Books in 1987, 105 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N4042P1)
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From the inside front fly leaf: In July 1981, violence erupted on to the streets of Liverpool. In Toxteth unemployed blacks and whites launched an assault on the Liverpool police. For much of July of that year Toxteth was embroiled in a savage, unrelenting battle. The conflagration was born out of the frustration and boredom of unemployment, with the police initially providing a target for the hostility of those on the dole.
But there were some watching the rioting in Toxteth who had seen it all before. In the autumn of 1932, those on the dole in Birkenhead had reacted similarly. For a week they had battled with the local police as their frustration finally reached breaking point. So many stories of those earlier riots have been passed down by word of mouth, much of it to become myth, while very little that is accurate has actually been written about them. This book, for the first time, records in detail the events of that autumn on Merseyside......