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Anti-religious propaganda in the form of a prayer-book.   Two pages from the book and an advertisement on the back for a would be prayer book for the New Year and the Day of Atonement.  [Collection item]
Ms Lija I. L'vova, Director of the Gosudarstvennaia Obshchestvenno-Politicheskaia Biblioteka (GOPB, Socio-Political State Library) in Moscow, presented the IISH with a very rare first edition of... [News]
As economic citizenship was a pre-condition of full citizenship, the lack of economic autonomy was an important motivation during the early stages of the women’s movement. Independent of their class... [Publication]
Some historians regard the mutilation of cattle and other animals as a act of social protest like incendiarism. A convicted animal maimer in Norwich, England, left behind a written statement that... [Item of the Day]
Until the twentieth century, paid holidays were rare for manual workers, as nurses were then considered. In July 1864, the Westminster Hospital in London started giving the nurses two weeks a year of... [Item of the Day]
John Lincoln was imprisoned in the Tower of London on this day for being a leader of the Evil May Day Riots. Evil May Day was an outburst of anti-foreign feeling in East London. On 1 May 1517, a mob... [Item of the Day]
The commonly held belief in 18th century Britain was that exiling felons was the best option for dealing with crime. By 1785 an island in the Gambia River, West Africa, was the chosen destination for... [Item of the Day]
In mid-October 1737 Cornish tin miners rose up in arms to prevent the exportation of corn. Cornish tinners were premier food rioters. 'Foods riots seemed their special métier, perhaps because their... [Item of the Day]
The plight of the ordinary seaman commanded much attention from the British public in the mid-1870s. Some 20 percent of the nation's seamen died at sea, and in some passages of the coal trade, the... [Item of the Day]
Protest marches of the unemployed are generally associated with the 1920s and 1930s. An early forerunner is the March of the Blanketeers on 10 March 1817. Several thousand unemployed or underemployed... [Item of the Day]