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The Whistler at the Plough Alexander Somerville

The Whistler at the Plough By Alexander Somerville

Summary

Alexander Somerville (1811-85) was a passionate campaigner for political reform. This collection of letters and essays describes the state of British agriculture in the early 1850s as observed during his travels around the country. The volume also contains his eyewitness account of the Irish famine of 1847.

The Whistler at the Plough Summary

The Whistler at the Plough: Containing Travels, Statistics, and Descriptions of Scenery and Agricultural Customs in most parts of England by Alexander Somerville

Alexander Somerville (1811-85) was an extraordinary figure, notorious in his own lifetime for his espousal of political reform. The youngest child of impoverished farmers from the Scottish border country, he was the last soldier to be flogged publicly in Britain, after openly stating that his regiment would not fire on Reform agitators. In his subsequent journalistic career his stance was influenced by his concern that violent revolution would inevitably be crushed and so lead to greater suffering among the working class, and he therefore supported the less radical reform movement urged by Cobden. He was a passionate opponent of the Corn Laws, and The Whistler at the Plough (published in 1852) is a collection of his letters and essays for the Anti-Corn-Law League, based on information gathered during his own travels around the country. The volume also contains his eyewitness account of the Irish famine of 1847.

Table of Contents

Dedication; Introduction; The Whistler; Index.

Additional information

NLS9781108004466
9781108004466
1108004466
The Whistler at the Plough: Containing Travels, Statistics, and Descriptions of Scenery and Agricultural Customs in most parts of England by Alexander Somerville
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Cambridge University Press
2009-07-20
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