The book is primarily set in the beginning of the 19th Century when social and political change was sweeping across Britain. Manchester was the first city to develop from the Industrial Revolution. Arising from the Peterloo Massacre in 1819, came the Manchester Guardian newspaper, The Chartist movement, which gave way to trade unions, and eventually women getting the vote.
Emmeline Pankhurst was born into middle class surroundings, but married a radical lawyer in Richard Pankhurst and with his support she fought for the poor as a Law Guardian in Chorlton, Manchester. She began to fight for women to have the right to vote after he sadly passed away, but she all but abandoned her late husband’s and daughter’s Sylvia socialist beliefs later in her life, when she contested the Conservative seat for Whitechapel.
The three other people in the book were all born into working class Manchester backgrounds, and decided to try change and improve the system that blighted ordinary people lives. I hope you find something interesting in the various facets I have included in the book about Manchester working life at the beginning of this century.