Peterloo Massacre Index

On 16th August 1819 in St Peter's Fields, Manchester, armed cavalry charged a peaceful crowd of around 60,000 people gathered to listen to a...

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The Massacre of Peterloo or Britons Strike Home' by George Cruikshank. Photograph: Spencer Arnold/Getty Images

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1819: Peterloo Massacre Manchester in 1819. Lest we forget. I was traumatized as a child learning about this massacre of our relatives "behind the barracades" at Peterloo in Manchester. I watched "Les Mis" the movie tonight BUT could not forget what it was really like to have the power of the state - drawn blades and cannons" aimed at you - the people.

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