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Masks Of Anarchy
Masks Of Anarchy: The History Of A Radical Poem, From Percy Shelley To The Triangle Factory Fire | Michael Demson
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Masks of Anarchy tells the extraordinary story of Percy Shelleys poem The Masque of Anarchy, from its conception in Italy and suppression in England to the moment it became a catalyst for protest among New York City workers a century later. Shelley penned the poem in 1819, after hearing of the Peterloo Massacre, where British cavalry charged peaceful political demonstrators near Manchester. His words would later inspire figures as wide-ranging as Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhiand also Pauline Newman, the woman the New York Times called the New Joan of Arc in 1907. Newman was a Jewish immigrant who worked in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, and came to be a leading organizerand the first female organizerof one of Americas most powerful unions, the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. As she marched with tens, sometimes hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in the streets, Shelleys poem never ceased to inspire her. Shake your chains to earth like dew, it implores. Ye are manythey are few.
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Complete your graphic novel bingo with this book about Percy Bysshe Shelley‘s famous Peterloo poem that doubles as a mini biography of women‘s labor activist Pauline Newman. 🔥

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