Industrial revolution and labour movements are strongly linked to the North-West of England.
Engels wrote about the conditions of the working class in England. Some parts (all?) centred around Manchester.
In 1845, at 25, Engels would write eloquently and powerfully of working-class lives in his book The Condition of the Working Class in England. He described one Manchester slum as follows: “Masses of refuse, offal and sickening filth lie among standing pools in all directions; the atmosphere is poisoned by the effluvia from these, and laden and darkened by the smoke of a dozen tall factory chimneys. A horde of ragged women and children swarm about here.”
Also the history of the textile industry, a bit part of the history of the industrial revolution, is very closely linked to Lancashire and Manchester.
1.1 Marx and Engels
Salford has a long and storied radical history. It was in The Crescent pub that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels formed ideas that became central to the Communist Manifesto.
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