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The Anthology of Leicester Chartist Song, Poetry & Verse Ned Newitt

The Anthology of Leicester Chartist Song, Poetry & Verse

Ned Newitt

Published September 12th 2006
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During the 1840’s, Leicester’s Chartists were at the forefront of the battle for democracy. Local working class poets rallied to the Chartist cause and their songs and verses became part of the Chartist agitation, some gaining national popularity.MoreDuring the 1840’s, Leicester’s Chartists were at the forefront of the battle for democracy. Local working class poets rallied to the Chartist cause and their songs and verses became part of the Chartist agitation, some gaining national popularity.After 160 years, The Anthology of Leicester Chartist of Song Poetry and Verse brings together the work of the local poets. It includes verse from Thomas Cooper, William Jones, Thomas Smart and John Bramwich among others. These were not armchair rhymers, but Chartist leaders in their own right. From their writing it is possible to gain a sense of their dignity and commitment in the face of oppression and starvation.The anthology is edited by Ned Newitt, who has provided an introduction and notes, based on new research into the Leicester Chartist poets.