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IV: "The Steam King"
This poem, published in The Northern Star on the 11th of February 1843, was written by Edwin Mead.  Known as "the Commodore," Mead was an important regional More)
III: Slavery in Great Britain: Employment of Women and Children in Coal Mines
These extracts (below) are taken from the Parliamentary Report of the Royal Commission on Children’s Employment in Mines and Factories (the sa (More)
II: "On Joseph Rayner Stephens"
This poem was published in The Northern Star on 18th May 1839, signed "E.H., a Factory Girl of Stalybridge."  The Northern Star was not only  the leading newspaper of the More)
V: “The Whistle” and "The Dinsome Mill"
“The Whistle” and “The Dinsome Mill” are by Perthshire poet William Pyott. Most likely these two companion poems were published in his first collection of 1869, which I have not managed to trace. Contemporary writer Robert Ford identifies Pyott as a (More)
I: “The Wail O’ The Factory Lass”
This poem is written in Scots, as was very common in poems which represented the voices of Scottish workers, who would have spoken in Scots themselves. It was published in the poetry column of the very popular People’s Journal, a newspaper based in D (More)
VI: “The Collier’s Wean”
This poem was published in Glasgow’s The Commonwealth newspaper on 5th September 1857, signed “Davie, Darngaber, Aug, 1857”. “Davie” was the pseudonym of miner David Wingate. Born in 1828, he had worked as a miner in the south of Glasgow since he was (More)
VII: “The Cotton Mill”
Published in the poetry column of the Bolton Chronicle, 24 September 1864, this poem is signed “An Operative”, Bolton, September 1864. It brilliantly represents the noise of the mill and the constant motion of the machines, using technical language a (More)

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