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Radical Tea Towel UK Blog

Battlefield Glasgow

Posted by Pete on 31st Jan 2021

On this day in 1919, 25,000 workers gathered in George Square, Glasgow to protest against the unemployment crisis. It was to become another example of state violence against the working class. … read more

Breaking Ranks

Posted by Pete on 25th Jan 2021

Born today in 1770, Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Baronet of Bramcote, was a radical you might not have expected. The decades either side of 1800 – the so-called 'Age of Revolutions' – were a time o … read more

Turning history on its head

Posted by Pete on 4th Jan 2021

CLR James (1901-1989) was born today in 1901. His book, 'The Black Jacobins', remains one of the great monuments in the history of radical history. Illustration depicting combat between French an … read more

Escaping 2020

Posted by Pete on 31st Dec 2020

The year 2021 fast approaches, and the fact it isn’t the year 2020 seems sufficient reason to welcome it! Image source: rawpixel This year really has been something of an annus horribilis on a … read more

Only the good die young

Posted by Pete on 28th Dec 2020

Today, in 1936, John Cornford was killed near the town of Lopera in the south of Spain. Children preparing for evacuation from Spain, during the Spanish Civil War, some giving the Republican salute … read more