The Trial of Thomas Hardy

A Forgotten Chapter in the Working-Class Fight for Democratic Rights

Authors

  • Ian Angus

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-071-06-2019-10_3

Keywords:

Literature, Labor, Media, Movements

Abstract

November 5, 2019, is the 225th anniversary of the acquittal of Thomas Hardy on charges of High Treason. Hardy is nearly forgotten today, but for decades workers and democrats in England celebrated November 5 as the anniversary of a major victory, a triumph over a powerful state that had deployed immense resources to crush working-class organizations and suppress popular demands for democratic rights.

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Published

2019-11-01

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