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The General Strike, 1926

This series of slides on the British General Strike of 1926 was put together by Henry Sara using images from newspapers, magazines and other publications. He included a brief introduction on radical protest and the labour movement in Britain, before looking at the General Strike itself. The sequence includes slides which look at media reporting of the strike, and the role (and social status) of strike-breaking volunteers, the police and military. The lecture concludes with an image of a recruiting poster for the British Army and an extract from a speech made by the Prince of Wales in Mansfield (a coal mining area) in 1933: "I always say to young men that the best thing they can do is join the army".

Henry Sara's original captions for these slidesLink opens in a new window are available (please contact us if you are unable to access the information in pdf format).

A selection of contemporary bulletins and reports on the General Strike are also available online.

A short report on the delivery of this lecture to the Padiham Weavers' Association was included in the Burnley Express of 8 March 1933: "The last of the present series of lectures under the auspices of the Weavers' Association was given in the Weavers' Institute last Sunday evening, when the speaker was Mr. Henry Sara, of London. A large number of people were attracted by Mr. Sara's great reputation as a lecturer, and the clever manner in which he dealt with his subject, "Turmoil and struggle," was greatly appreciated. He traced the development of the trade union movement from the days of John Ball up to the revolt in the nature of the General Strike in 1926."

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[Document reference for this set of slides: MSS.15B/5/1/6]