The Keelmen of Tyneside: Labour Organisation and Conflict

    The Keelmen of Tyneside: Labour Organisation and Conflict

    in the North-East Coal Industry, 1600-1830

    Joseph M Fewster

    Boydell 2011

    Hardback 232pp Illustrated

    9781843836322   Product Code: 21209

    From the early 17th century to the point in the 19th century where technological advances made them redundant, the 'keel lads o' coaly Tyne', as celebrated in a local folk song, ferried coal down-river to the estuary and loaded it onto ships bound for London. This study charts the keelmen's history, describing their strong labour organization; their struggles against poverty and redundancy; and the impressive solidarity of their close-knit, mutually supportive and highly self-reliant community.

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