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Music for the People
As Mick Wallis has suggested, pageants were an important political tool for left-wing movements during the 1930s. Although the Pageant of Labour, held in London in 1934, had been a significant fail...
A Pageant of Chartism: Heirs to the Charter
The front cover of the pageant programme made unequivocally clear the historical lineage underpinning the event, with the words ‘Chartism—1839’ and ‘Communism—1939’ at the top of the page. Further ...
Pageant of Labour
In the words of the Glasgow Herald, 1934 was a ‘vintage year for pageants’ in London.2 Already the city had enjoyed the Pageant of Runnymede and the Pageant of Parliament; indeed, the Manchester Gu...
Towards Tomorrow: A Pageant of Co-operation
After the costly failure of the London Pageant of Labour (1934), whose organisers were pursued through the courts for several years by their creditors (eagerly reported on by the right-wing press),...
‘Truth on the March’: A Pageant of the Press in the Struggle for Peace
Whilst Popular Front Pageants (largely organised and written by members of the Communist Party of Great Britain) had been significant before the Second World War, with the Wembley Co-operative Page...
Communist Manifesto Centenary Meeting and Pageant
The Communist Manifesto was the first full statement of the aims of the working-class movement and of its mission—to be ‘the grave-digger of capitalism’…History has already confirmed the conclusion...