Stephen Roberts’ new book on Thomas Cooper and Arthur O’Neill is being launched at the Birmingham & Midland Institute in Birmingham city centre on Saturday 13 September.
book, titled The Chartist Prisoners, focuses on the lifelong friendship
between Cooper and O’Neill formed when they shared a cell in Stafford
Gaol from 1843-44. Both men had been convicted following the wave of
strikes that hit the Potteries and Black Country.
went on to become a significant peace lecturer, addressing working
class audiences; Cooper wrote poetry, including his famous prison poem,
The Purgatory of Suicides, lectured and edited radical journals.
Thompson, whose many works on Chartism include The Early Chartists
(1971), The Chartists : Popular Politics in the Industrial Revolution
(1986) and Outsiders : Class, Gender and Nation (1993), will be
introducing Stephen Roberts.
event is organised by A People's History of the West Midlands and
begins at 2pm. More information and free tickets are available from Pete
on 07977 057902 or by email:
* Stephen Roberts’ Chartism and the Chartists website has had something of a redesign.