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Agricultural Agitation – The 1872 Warwickshire Farm Labourers’ Strike

In 1872 farm labourers in Warwickshire went on strike, in a movement that academic and statesmen Henry Fawcett dubbed to be the ‘most important that as ever taken place among our labourers.’ Echoing such movements in Britain’s industrial towns and cities, this radical rural action would lead to the formation of the National Agricultural Labourers’ Union. In this special blog, using newspapers from the time, we will examine this ground-breaking agricultural action. We will look at how the National Agricultural

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