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Picturing Peterloo

A Teaching Assistant in LABR 2P93, the global working-class history course I am teaching for the Department of Labour Studies at Brock University, just told me about a project to produce a graphic novel about the Peterloo Massacre of 1819.  It is in development, and will be called “Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre.”  The Kickstarter page shows some of the art, and provides information about the project – there’s a video too.


From the project’s Kickstarter page, at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/678551473/peterloo-a-graphic-novel?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=peterloo


Peterloo is a point of focus in LABR 2P93.  Students read material about the event and write about it as part of one of the assignments.  I make it a focus partly because its timing works in the course for discussion of emerging industrial society and the significance of democracy in places where there were no republican revolutions.  I also focus on it because there is so much good material on the event and its place in history.  Students will be able to find good scholarly sources on Peterloo for their assignment.  There is also good public history about Peterloo, including this British Library piece by Ruth Maher that includes embedded primary sources.


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