British and American Antislavery Copperation

This book is titled Men and Brothers; Anglo American Antislavery Cooperation. It is by Betty Fladeland. It was published in 1972 by the University of Illinois Press.

Men and Brothers. Betty Freedland

 

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From the Preface:

“Much has been written on both the British and American antislavery movements, but hitherto they have been treated as separate developments. It is the thesis of this book that the struggle in Great Britain and the United States against slavery and the slave trade were so closely connected that they deserve to be studied together”

 

From the back cover

“The United States and Great Britain share a common past in bringing slaves to America and trading slave-grown products. They also worked together to end slavery, although the historical literature up to now has treated the British and American antislavery movements separately. This book traces for the first time the coordination of activities and strategies of abolitionists in Great Britain and the United States from the colonial period through the Civil War and shows that, by the 1830’s, the two movements “were so intertwined they can scarcely be untangled”.

While concerned with what the abolitionists were thinking, Fladeland focuses primarily on what they were doing. Cooperative efforts of churches, religious societies, and outstanding individuals are discussed as well as the efforts of the organised antislavery societies, their exchanges of publications and lectures, and their common problems. Efforts against the slave trade, projects for colonisation of free blacks, and work against slavery in the West Indies and the United Staes are all covered in depth.

By placing the American antislavery movement in a transatlantic setting. Fladeland shows that is was much more than a radical protest movement of a few fanatic and visionaries. It was of some significance in the onset of Civil War because it helped to intensify sectional antagonisms. It has some bearing on the course the British government took during the war and had a great effect on the policies of President Lincoln and the Republican party on the question of slavery”.

BETTY FLADELAND is professor of history at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She earlier wrote James Gillespie  Birney: Slaveholder to Abolitionist. (1955)

 

Coming Out by Jeffrey Weeks. Homosexual Politics – A History

This book is a study of homosexual politics in Britain from the C19th to the 1970s. It was written by the historian, sociologist and gay activist Jeffrey Weeks.

Coming Out By Jeffrey Weeks

From the back cover of the book

“Coming Out records the growth of homosexual law reform from the development of harsh legal and social oppression in the late 19th century to the tremendous impact of the gay liberation movement today”

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The Chapters in the 1983 edition are as follows.

Part One: Definitions and Self Definitions

1. From Sin to Crime

2. The Medical Model

3.  A Way of Life

Part Two: Pioneers

4. Speaking Out: John Addington Symonds

5. Havelock Ellis and Sexual Inversion

6 Edward Carpenter and Friends

Part Three: Invisible Women

7. Lesbianism and the Position Of Women

8. Lesbianism and the Women’s Movement

9. Emerging Identities

Part Four: Approaches to Reform

10. Creating a Consciousness

11. Reform Societies

12. Homosexuality and the Left

13. Norman Haire and Sex Education

14. Prelude to Reform

15. Law Reform

Part Five: The Gay Liberation Movement

16. The Gay Liberation Front

17. A Gay Community

18. Old Ways, New Departures.

From the Introduction

“This book is intended as an exploration of a particular homosexual experience – that of reform groupings – but in pursuing this I hope to be able to offer some more general comments about the nature of the changing homosexual situation in Britain over the past 100 years:

Quotes from the back cover of the book

“This important book has a part to play in the revolutionary struggle by recognizing an oppressed minority and allying that fight against this oppression within the broader struggle against sexism” – Emmanuel Cooper. Morning Star.

“Jeffrey Weeks’s through, entertaining, and generally well written books surveys changing attitudes, and movements attempting to change them, over a century – Keith Walker New Society”

 

 

 

 

Children’s Clothes by Clare Rose

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From the swaddling bands of the seventeenth century to the designer’s fashions of today, here is a vivid history of children’s clothes over the last 200 years.

Clare Rose places children’s clothes in the widest context, relating them to adult fashion, theories of education such as those of Rousseau, society’s perception of the child, and manufacturing methods. She also examines what kinds of clothes were worn, when and by whom, what they cost, and what their wearers thought of them. Even ‘cruel’ forms of dress, it seems, such as constricting corsets and swaddling bands, expressed parents’ concern for their children. .

Children’s clothes is an accomplished reference book, widely illustrated in colour and black and white. Students of both fashion and history, teachers, collectors and anyone interested in childhood and its history will enjoy this delightful and useful book.

Clare Rose was for four years Keeper of Costumes at York Castle Museum, and tours extensively as an art lecturer. Her main interest are the history and social history of costume and textiles.

“The history of children’s clothes has sometimes been dismissed as a matter of ‘babygowns and old lace’, of interest only to the specialist. This could hardly be further from the truth. Like the other major branches of costume history, the study of children’s clothes acts as a window through which we can gain insights into the history of culture and ides, and into economic history”

 

 

Labour’s Turning Point 1880 -1900. Eric Hobsbawm

Labour's Turning Point. Eric Hobsbawn

 

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Eric Hobsbawn has created here what every student and teacher of late – Victorian history wants; a concise, brilliantly organised, deftly introduced collection of contemporary documents from the period in which the modern labour movement took shape. Few of these documents are readily to be found elsewhere. In 142 extracts from contemporary sources Professor Hobsbawn has taken the story from the end-date of Cole and Filson’s ‘British Working Class Movements, Select Documents 1789-1875′ through to the foundation of the Labour Representation Committee which became the Labour Party in 1906. Material commonly available in libraries has been generally avoided, with selections made from pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, official and unofficial surveys and the mass of biographical literature. This was Professor Hobsbawm’s first book, originally appearing in 1948 and in demand ever since. For this new edition he has written a new preface to supplement his earlier editorial material which is marked by the imaginative skills and literary power well known in “Industry and Empire, Labouring Men and Bandits”.

Labour's Turning Point 1880 - 1900

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Keeping Pigeons in the 1970s.

Pigeons

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The book “Keep Your Pigeons Flying” is the ideal ready reference book for pigeon fanciers. It has recently been revised and brought up to date by its author, himself an expert pigeon fancier, who has added much new information. He has enlarged the chapter on Public Health and incorporated the results of recent research on such subjects as pigeon grit requirements, para-typhoid studies, vapona bars for killing insects and canker treatment.