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The Life & Work of Charles Bradlaugh

Höfundur: J. M. Robertson, Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner Rafbók

This book is a 2-volume record of the life and works of the English political activist Charles Bradlaugh (1833-1891), written by his daughter, that features his parliamentary struggle, politics and teachings. Bradlaugh was an advocate of trade unionism, republicanism, and universal suffrage, and he opposed socialism. His anti-socialism was divisive, and many secularists who became socialists left the secularist movement because of its identification with Bradlaugh's liberal individualism. He was a supporter of Irish Home Rule, and backed France during the Franco-Prussian War. In 1880, he was elected as the Liberal MP for Northampton. His attempt to affirm as an atheist ultimately led to his temporary imprisonment, fines for voting in the Commons illegally, and a number of by-elections at which he regained his seat on each occasion. Bradlaugh was finally allowed to take an oath in 1886. Eventually, a parliamentary bill which he proposed became law in 1888 which allowed members of both Houses of Parliament to affirm, if they so wished, when being sworn in. The new law resolved the issue for witnesses in civil and criminal court cases.

Part I:

Parentage and Childhood


Army Life


Hyde Park Meetings, 1855

Early Lectures and Debates

A Clerical Libeller

The "National Reformer" and the Government Prosecutions


Platform Work, 1860-1861

"Kill the Infidel"

Debates, 1860-1866

The Reform League, 1866-1868

Provincial Lecturing, 1866-1869


Northampton, 1868

Southwark Election, 1869

Litigation, 1867-1871

Lectures, 1870-1871

France – the War

The Commune, and After

A Dozen Debates

Republicanism and Spain

First Visit to America

Two Northampton Elections, 1874…

In the United States Again

The Prosecution of Mr Bradlaugh and Mrs Besant

An Unimportant Chapter

More Debates

Some Later Lectures

The "Watch" Story

Peace Demonstrations, 1878

The National Secular Society…

Part II (by John M. Robertson):

Philosophy and Secular Propaganda

Political Doctrine and Work

The Parliamentary Struggle

Closing Years

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