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AuthorRobert Poole
PublisherNew Internationalist
Publication Date23-May-2019
Book DescriptionThe explosive tale of Peterloo, told 'verbatim' style through the voices of those who were there. More than 15 people died and 600 were severely wounded by sabre-wielding troops at a peaceful pro-democracy rally. This is a visual account of the 16 August, 1819 massacre, to be published as part of the 200th anniversary commemorations. The entire narrative is drawn exclusively from the direct testimony of the time much of it newly unearthed by leading historian Professor Robert Poole, including letters, memoirs, journalists accounts, spies' reports and courtroom evidence. These have been carefully woven together into rich, vivid illustrations by professional cartoonist, illustrator and graphic novelist Polyp. At a time when democracy is under siege the memory of Peterloo is all the more crucial, and challenges the reader to ask what we have done with the legacy passed on by those who died.
About the AuthorRobert Poole of the University of Central Lancashire is consultant historian to the Peterloo 2019 anniversary programme. He is also author of Peterloo: the English Uprising. Polyp (Paul Fitzgerald) is a full-time political cartoonist. He is the author of Speechless (a wordless world history), The Co-operative Revolution and co-author of Little Worm's Big Question. Eva Schlunke is an artist, writer, activist and campaigner. She co- authored Little Worm's Big Question and was the key artist behind the mass-participation Peterloo public events of 2015/16.
Number of Pages112