Northern Stars - A Chartist Journey
Northern Stars tells the dramatic story of a Chartist March from Todmorden to London in 1839 seen through the eyes of two children aged ten and twelve.
Ruth and Joshua Midgeley, ruthlessly thrown out of work, join a mass meeting on Todmorden market addressed by Feargus O’Connor the charismatic leader of the Chartist movement and publisher of the Northern Star newspaper.
Together with their father and six other marchers from Todmorden they witness the break up by soldiers of a mass meeting in Manchester, participate in a dangerous walk over Kinder Scout in Derbyshire to escape the military, see the arrest of their father and others in Nottingham, arrive in London only to get arrested themselves and thrown into gaol in Bow Street whilst the mass march supporting the Charter is charged by cavalry.
On the way, Ruth and Joshua meet children of their own age all caught up in dramatic situations in Manchester, Nottingham and London, and all victims of the incredible speed of industrialisation.
- A beautifully illustrated historical novel about the Chartist movement which brings to life the conditions for working children in the Victorian era.
- A captivating story rich with historical atmosphere and detail.
- Written by Laurence Cockcroft, an expert on economic development issues, who is perfectly placed to explore this important period in history.
- Captures the dilemmas of women active in the Chartist movement who were forced into subordination.