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Posted By: Brian Peters
07-Jul-18 - 04:15 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Don't know whether you are aware of the Peterloo song I was given by Salford Historian, Eddie Frow when I was involved in the earlier project

I'm not, and I will look it up, thanks.

The broadsides of the period are often very wordy and require editing, but they convey a deep sense of bitterness and injustice. An old school friend of mine mentioned the other day that, in his youth, his grandfather would often mention a real sense of outrage over the events of 150 years earlier, particularly the notorious and much-reported slashing of a woman protester's breast by a yeoman's sabre.

I also found out recently that a newspaper reporter of the time, whose honest account of the day's events had been spiked by his pro-authority employer, walked away from his job and founded the Manchester Guardian.