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The Two Irish Wives of Friedrich Engels: Dr. Aidan Beatty

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A closer look at Engels' connection with Ireland, as an industrialist and through his relationships with the Irish community in Manchester.

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For much of his adult life, the socialist activist Friedrich Engels maintained close relationships with two women of Irish heritage, born in the Deansgate area of Manchester, which in the 1820s was one of the most Irish cities in Britain. Mary Burns ( 1821- 1863) became Engels' common law wife, and after Mary's death, her sister Lydia " Lizzie" Burns ( 1827-1878) formally married Engels.

Drawing on Marx's and Engels' sprawling correspondence, as well as contemporary records, this talk seeks to uncover how much we can really know about these two women. How much of a role did they actually play in Engels' political and literary work? Also, how much have their real lives been covered up with a Marxist romanticizing of two proletarian, factory workers?

This virtual presentation will be given by Dr.Aidan Beatty who has a PhD from the University of Chicago and teaches at the Honors College of the University of Pittsburgh.

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Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society was established in 1964. The Society encourages and supports research into family history and works for the preservation of and improved access to relevant archival material.

An important part of the Society's work is to educate researchers so that they may get the best out of their research through a regular programme of talks for beginners and quarterly meetings with speakers on topics relating to family history and local history within Greater Manchester. M&LFHS members benefit from free and/or priority access to these events.

For details of how to join M&LFHS visit the Society's pages at www.mlfhs.org.uk

 

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