| GEORGE JULIAN HARNEY: THE CHARTISTS WERE RIGHT|
Selections from the Newcastle Weekly Chronicle Column, 1890-97
Edited by David Goodway
NEW IN PAPERBACK
George Julian Harney was one of the
half-dozen most important leaders of Chartism.
This selection from the Newcastle Weekly Chronicle is the first book to reprint any of his journalism.
'... the collection brings to life one of Britain's most interesting lost radicals'.
Harney is a key figure in the history of English radicalism. His long life witnessed the Chartist movement from 1830s through to the beginnings of socialism from the 1880s. He wrote about literature, foreign affairs and politics, subjects that should interest anyone with an interest in Victorian Studies.
In his youth Harney was an admirer of the most radical figures of the French Revolution. The youngest member of the first Chartist Convention, he was an advocate of physical-force Chartism in 1838-9. His interest to historians has tended to be as the friend of Marx and Engels, the publisher of the first English translation of the Communist Manifesto and leader, with Ernest Jones, of the Chartist left in the early 1850s. Yet his finest period had been 1843-50, when he worked on the Northern Star: for five years he was an outstanding editor of a great newspaper. Almost everyone will be astonished to discover that not only did he live until as late as 1897, but also that in the 1890s he was producing a weekly column for the Newcastle Weekly Chronicle edited by W.E. Adams, another old Chartist and his younger admirer. The column was superbly written, politically challenging, and vigorously polymathic.
This is the first selection of Harney's writings to be published.
The Chartists Were Right includes less than a literal tithe of this output, prefaced by a perceptive and authoritative introduction by the editor. 'The intention has been to include all the Chartist plums', David Goodway explains. Yet welcome though this addition to Chartist studies is (both generally and to the series in which it appears), it merits the attention of readers far beyond those whose primary interest is Chartism. ...There is much in this book to challenge - even infuriate - the modern reader, no less than its author's contemporaries were challenged and infuriated. This is a book for our times as well as a book about Chartism and after. Socialist History
Contents: Introduction, The Roll-Call: Thomas Cooper, Samuel Kydd, Abel Heywood, John Bedford Leno, Frederick Engels. Other Radical Personalities: Karl Marx, Arthur O'Neill, The deaths of Ernest Jones and Henry George, Charles Bradlaugh, Edward Aveling - and the Northampton by-election, Madam Blavatsky - and Annie Besant. The 1830s & 1840s: The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, "TO STOP THE DUKE, GO FOR GOLD",The Sacred Month, Feargus O'Connor and a self-portrait, Scotland and Scottish Chartism, Chartist Headgear, The Free Trade Fetish, The Working of Free Trade. Russia: The Latest Russian Atrocity, Two Books about Russia, Stepniak Speaks, The Dead Tsar. Turkey: The New Crusade. The USA: Some American Items, Looking Backward. Contemporary British Politics & Society: 'Am I Not a Man, and a Brother?', Theocracy, The Labour Congress, The Conflict, Illusions, Two periodicals, The New Crusade: A Prelude to ---?. The Press: The Liberty of the Press, Milton. Literature: Byron, Primrose Day: Byron and Disraeli, Burns - and Harney in Dumfries, Leigh Hunt - and Chartist imprisonment, Heinrich Heine - and James Thomson (BV), Review of James Thomson (BV), Biographical and Critical Studies, Truth in Fiction. Some Autobiographical Fragments: On Walter Scott and bookshops, On reading Robert Southey, On James Watson, On Thomas Wakley, On the War of the Unstamped, On leaving the Northern Star, On David Urquhart and the Foreign Affairs Committees, On editing the Jersey Independent, On the temporary loss of use of his right hand, On not writing an autobiography. A bibliographical note, index.
Paperback, 202 pages
Chartist Studies Series Volume 12
Published Summer 2015