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The North Wales Quarrymen, 1874-1922

On a Saturday morning in November 1865, a group of between 1,200 and 1,500 men gathered near the small town of Bethesda, in Wales, to launch a society that they decided to call the United Society of Welsh Quarrymen. Though there had been earlier revolts by quarrymen, this marked the first attempt to explicitly organize a trade union for the industry—and while it failed almost as soon as it was launched, it had lasting repercussions that were felt through many of the most bitter labor disputes of the early twentieth century. This third edition offers an updated bibliography and a substantial new introduction.

216 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Studies in Welsh History

History: British and Irish History

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Table of Contents

Editors’ Foreword
Preface to the Reprinted Edition
Part 1: The Roots of Conflict
I. The Slate Industry and Gwynedd Society
II. The Quarrymen
III. Beliefs and Attitudes
IV. The Quarry
V. The Union, 1874-1900
Part 2: Conflict
VI. Dinorwic and Llechwedd
VII. The First Penrhyn Lock-Out
VIII. The Penrhyn Lock-Out, 1900-1903
IX. Repercussions
Part 3: Aftermath
X. The Union, 1900-1922
XI. ‘Politics Obtain Here’
Appendix I. Membership of the North Wales Quarrymen’s Union, 1874-1925
Appendix II. The Pennant Lloyd Agreement, 1874
Appendix III. Some contributions to the N.W.Q.U. Fund, May 1901
Appendix IV. The Quarrymen’s Charter, 1912
Appendix V. Terms of Amalgamation, N.W.Q.U. and T.G.Q.U., 1922
Appendix VI. Profiles
Supplementary Bibliography

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