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Peterloo: The Story Continues...

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Peterloo: the story continues.

Here’s one of the strangest stories in Manchester history. At the end of November 1819 the great radical writer William Cobbett returned from America bearing the very bones of Thomas Paine, an even greater radical writer. Paine had written the most influential political book in English history, The Rights of Man, in 1791. It was so hot nearly every publisher refused to touch it. Paine was a leading figure in three revolutions: the French (still too early to say if it worked), the American (it replaced the monarchy with figures like Nixon and Trump) and the English (it failed).

In Manchester late 1819 All Cobbett wanted to do was put the bones on the table in front of him while he spoke at a public meeting about the horrors of Peterloo a few months earlier. It never happened. The feds boarded his coach at Irlam and gave Cobbett an ultimatum: transport to Manchester for you, yes, but not those bones. He chose not to speak without the remarkable prop and didn’t return until 1831.

We commemorate that bizarre event and look at other momentous political events in the wake of Peterloo 200.

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