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Early Days Samuel Bamford

Early Days

Samuel Bamford

Published July 15th 2014
ISBN : 9781291951394
Paperback
184 pages
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Volume 1 of Samuel Bamfords autobiography. Samuel Bamford (28 February 1788 - 13 April 1872, was an English radical and writer, who was born in Middleton, Lancashire. In August 1819, Bamford led a group from Middleton to St Peters Fields, to attendMoreVolume 1 of Samuel Bamfords autobiography. Samuel Bamford (28 February 1788 - 13 April 1872, was an English radical and writer, who was born in Middleton, Lancashire. In August 1819, Bamford led a group from Middleton to St Peters Fields, to attend a meeting pressing for parliamentary reform, where they witnessed the Peterloo Massacre. Bamford was arrested and charged with treason. Although the evidence showed that he had not been involved in the violence, he was nevertheless found guilty of inciting a riot and sentenced to a year in Lincoln gaol. The experience of the massacre made a deep impression on Bamford, and convinced him that the states power would always succeed against radical militancy. He came to be seen as a voice for radical reform, but opposed to any activism that involved physical force. Bamford was the author of poetry (mostly in standard English)but of those in dialect several showing sympathy with the conditions of the working class became widely popular.