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On a Saturday morning in November 1865, between 1,200 and 1,500 men gathered above the small town of Bethesda, to launch a society which they called the United Society of Welsh Quarrymen. Although there had been earlier revolts of quarrymen, this was the first recorded attempt to organise a trade union. The society failed almost as soon as it was started but an idea had been planted and despite the most strenuous efforts of its opponents, it was not to be uprooted. This book is about the struggle of quarrymen to organise and `combine' in the slate quarries and mines of North Wales, and particularly in the giant Penrhyn quarries. It was often a battle for survival, fought in very distinctive communities, and the struggle witnessed some of the most bitter and dramatic disputes in the history of the British working class.
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R. Merfyn Jones was professor of Welsh History and vice-chancellor of Bangor University.
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Book Description University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. 359pp, NEW softback, covers Penrhyn Quarry dispute among other things, loosley inserted is a facsimile copy of the plte whiah was included in the hardback edition but not in the paperback reprint; Octavo. Seller Inventory # 66195
Book Description University of Wales Press, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0708308295