Saturday, December 24, 2005

The Making Of The English Working Class

The Immortal, though sadly now dead Edward Palmer Thompson (E P Thompson, not to be confused with his Father Edward Thompson who was a Methodist Missionary) was described by one historian as the mummy and daddy of us all.

I always like to have a giggle at the title of his classic “The Making Of the English Working Class” wondering before the English Working Class was made who did the work….

a worker yesterday

I am seeking to rescue the poor stockinger, the Luddite cropper, the "obsolete" hand-loom weaver, the "utopian" artisan, and even the deluded follower of Joanna Southcott, from the enormous condescension of posterity

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