Labour History Review

The rank-and-file in the 1911 Liverpool General Transport Strike

Labour History Review (2014), 79, (1), 55–81.

Abstract

This article focuses attention on the ordinary rank-and-file citizens of Liverpool who were involved in the 1911 general transport strike, not only the strikers who participated directly, but also those who were caught up in the accompanying civil disturbances. It does so by analysing the events of ‘Bloody Sunday’, when a peaceful demonstration in support of the strike was attacked by police, and the subsequent unrest that swept through the city, culminating in the fatal shooting of two men two days later. Using press reports, court records, census returns and records of baptisms, marriages and burials, the composition of the crowd, the injuries inflicted upon it, and the judicial response to the unrest are analysed. What this shows is that those involved were drawn from a wide cross-section of predominantly working-class Liverpudlians, and that they were subjected to a brutal application of state repression and violence.

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Davies, Sam

Noon, Ron