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Whistler at the Plough : ELEANOR BRASCH - Alexander Somerville

Whistler at the Plough


Hardcover Published: 27th February 2013
ISBN: 9780850363845
Number Of Pages: 476

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Alexander Somerville (1811-85) was an extraordinary figure, notorious in his own lifetime for his espousal of political reform. The youngest child of impoverished farmers from the Scottish border country, he was the last soldier to be flogged publicly in Britain, after openly stating that his regiment would not fire on Reform agitators. In his subsequent journalistic career his stance was influenced by his concern that violent revolution would inevitably be crushed and so lead to greater suffering among the working class, and he therefore supported the less radical reform movement urged by Cobden. He was a passionate opponent of the Corn Laws, and The Whistler at the Plough (published in 1852) is a collection of his letters and essays for the Anti-Corn-Law League, based on information gathered during his own travels around the country. The volume also contains his eyewitness account of the Irish famine of 1847.

ISBN: 9780850363845
ISBN-10: 0850363845
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 476
Published: 27th February 2013
Publisher: The Merlin Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Edition Type: New edition

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