This is the first biographical study of John Fielden, industrial magnate and radical MP for Oldham in Lancashire from 1832 to 1847. Best known as a leading advocate of factory reform - he was the parliamentary sponsor of the momentous Ten Hours Act of 1847 - Fielden also took a conspicuous part in the Owenite, Chartist, and anti-Poor Law movements. Drawing on a little-used collection of Fielden family papers, the book offers an assessment of
each of the movements in which Fielden's relationship with them, and discusses the influences which went into the making of a radical industrialist who occupied a unique place in Parliament as the
people's representative. This long overdue account of his personal, business, and political life offers new insights into the turbulent politics of mid-nineteenth century England.
'John Fielden and the Politics of Popular Radicalism 1832-1847 is a model of its kind, compulsively readable, thoroughly documented, with foot-notes where they should be, at the foot of the page.' Dorothy Thompson, imes Literary Supplement
'often thought-provoking ... There is a whole host of useful insights.'
R.J. Morris, University of Edinburgh, History
'With considerable skill, Weaver has unravelled the paradox of Fielden's political career ... this useful and impressive study' Society for the Study of Labour History
'an excellent book which will be of value to both sixth formers and teachers.' Teaching History