First Tuesday, BRIDGE HOTEL: Mike Greatbatch will talk about William Parker: A Chartist Life
7 January 2020 @ 19:00
NOTE – THIS FIRST TUESDAY WILL BE HELD AT THE BRIDGE HOTEL INSTEAD OF THE USUAL VENUE.
William Parker served as Secretary of the Ouseburn Working Men’s Association and was an original member of the Council of the Northern Political Union (NPU), Tyneside’s principal agency of Chartist agitation in 1838-39.
The People’s Charter was just one of a number of causes that Parker championed over an almost twenty-year period. A widower with three teenage daughters by 1841, Parker was an unskilled labourer competing for work in one of Tyneside’s most competitive labour markets, a lowly status that appears to have strengthened his self-belief in the justice of his words and actions, and his unwavering commitment to his fellow workers.
By presenting the biography of William Parker, I hope to demonstrate how Chartism in Newcastle could be an intellectual commitment, not just for the educated radical elite but also for the unskilled and the poor.
Originally prepared for the 2019 Chartist Study Day, this presentation will include additional biographical information recently brought to light.