Papers for the People, A Study of the Chartist Press, edited by Joan Allen and Owen Ashton
Published by Merlin Press in 2005, 232 pages. Paperback (N2898)
Brand New Book
This book is an original and detailed study of the role of the Chartist press in the campaign for democracy in Victorian Britain (as well as the colonies). Covering the period form 1838 to the late 1850s, it considers the press in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Australia, and most of the contributors of the 9 essays are well-known specialists in the history of Chartism, writing from both innovative and revisionist perspectives.
The editors provide a comprehensive introduction, setting each contribution in context and discussing how these essays expand our knowledge of Chartism. They include:
One reviewer wrote: This collection of essays, uniformly well researched, well contextualized, and well written, opens up a field that journalism historians should not ignore, and is highly recommended reading.
- Building identity and Circulation - engraved portraiture and the Northern Star
- The Western Vindicator and early Chartism
- The Chartist press in Scotland
- Feargus O'Connor, Ernest Jones and the Labourer
- The problems of the Chartist Press in Ireland
- The Peoples Charter and Moral Force Chartism in 1848
- The late Chartist Press in the North East of England 1852-1859
- The Chartist Press in Australia and New Zealand
- Chartism, journalism and print culture in Britain 1830-1855