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The Book of The Martyrs of Tolpuddle 1834-1934

The story of the Dorset Labourers who were convicted for forming a trade union and sentenced to seven years transportation in Australia. The events, just five years before the Chartist Rising in Newport, provide a fascinating backdrop and insight into the powerful establishment forces discussed in Les James' recent book "Render the Chartists Defenceless"
We also recommend that you read Tony Moore 'Death or Liberty' (2010)'


The following chapters are taken from the book published in 1934 by the Trade Union Congress and reprinted with their permission.


The first 14 chapters were written by the renowned Trade Union Leader and Labour Party activist Walter Citrine. (ABC of Chairmanship 1939)