Born OTD in 1924, historian, writer, socialist & peace campaigner, E. P. Thompson. He is probably best known today for his historical work on the British radical movements in the late 18th & early 19th centuries, in particular The Making of the English Working Class. This classic and imaginative account of working-class society in its formative years, 1780 to 1832, revolutionized our understanding of English social history. Thompson shows how the working class took part in its own making and re-creates the whole-life experience of people who suffered loss of status and freedom, who underwent degradation, and who yet created a cultured and political consciousness of great vitality.

The Making of the English Working Class

Reflecting on the importance of the book for its 50th anniversary, Emma Griffin explained that Thompson “uncovered details about workshop customs and rituals, failed conspiracies, threatening letters, popular songs, and union club cards. He took what others had regarded as scraps from the archive and interrogated them for what they told us about the beliefs and aims of those who were not on the winning side. Here, then, was a book that rambled over aspects of human experience that had never before had their historian. Available in store and online.

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