Unpopular Resistance - book launch

Wednesday 2nd March 12.15 - 12.45pm
the Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford M5 4WX

you are invitated to the launch of

Unpopular Resistance

the latest publication from the North west Labour History Society.

Written by Dr Alison Ronan this book tells the stories of the men and women who resisted the the 1914-1918 conflict.

Alison will discuss her new book in an illustrated talk about the intriguing networks of anti-war activists in Manchester and Salford in WW1.

Unpopular Resistance gives an overview of opposition to the First World War in Manchester and Salford introduces some of the leading activists and explores the way in which membership of anti-war organisations overlapped. It looks at campaigns against the war and against conscription, the erosion of civil rights and the need for universal suffrage. Activists from socialist, suffrage, non-conformist and pacifist campaigns worked together for a just and negotiated peace and to stop war in the future. Their individual and collective stories reveal a complex and extensive anti-war network that stretched from Manchester and Salford across Britain. It is a largely forgotten story.

Alison Ronan is a feminist historian with a background in youth and community work and conflict resolution. Her interest is in the history of dissent and resistance in the early twentieth century with a particular focus on NW England and in creating alternative narratives of WW1

Then at 1pm watch the specially-written 'Living History' performance, No Power on Earth, about the true story of Salford Conscientious Objector, James Hudson, an ordinary school teacher at the start of the First World War who finds himself at odds with the popular mood.