A sense of imminent collapse dominated the 1840s as movements of protest and revolt swept England. Offered here are the 'Disturbance Papers,' selected from the Home Office Class HO 45.
These documents form the backbone of any study of working-class collective action and early trade unionism. Comprising correspondence between the Home Secretary, local authorities and government informers, invaluable material is included on the nationwide rioting and Chartism disturbances in the provinces, the steps taken to maintain order and protect non-union labor from violent pickets and the widespread growth of trade union activity and strikes.
Part One: 1841-1844
Part Two: 1847-1876
Complete Collection: 38 reels
"The Disturbance Papers in HO 45 are, without doubt, one of the most important and extensive sources on Chartism, riot and protest in 19th century Britain. Their appearance on microfilm is a significant event for the study of modern British social history." -- Dr. David Jones, University of Swansea