Born OTD in 1810, English novelist, biographer, and short story writer, Elizabeth Gaskell. Set in Manchester in the 1840s – a period of industrial unrest and extreme deprivation – Mary Barton depicts the effects of economic and physical hardship upon the city’s working-class community.

Paralleling the novel’s treatment of the relationship between masters and men, the suffering of the poor, and the workmen’s angry … More

First published on this day in Germany in 1867, Karl Marx’s ‘Das Kapital Vol 1’. Subsequently published in all the world’s major languages and studied widely by workers it was often referred to as “The Bible of the working class”. While lengthy, it is unsurpassed as an analysis and critique of capitalism.

One of the most notorious works of modern times, as well as one of the most influential, “Capital” is an … More

In 18th-century London the spectacle of a hanging was not simply a form of punishing transgressors. Rather is evidently served the more sinister purpose – for privileged ruling class – of forcing the poor population of London to accept the criminalization of customary rights & new forms of private property.

Peter Linebaugh’s groundbreaking history has become an inescapable part of any understanding of the rise of capitalism. In eighteenth-century London … More