Shedding Daylight on the Unions

  • John Maloney


In 1867 Lowe told his brother that he was writing an article for the Quarterly Review on the trades unions which would ‘shed some daylight on those august institutions’.1 It shed at least as much light on its author.


Migration Expense Posit Trade Unionism Undercut 


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  1. 1.
    Lowe to Henry Sherbrooke, 3 September 1867, quoted in Arthur Patchett Martin, Life and Letters of the Right Honourable Robert Lowe, Viscount Sherbrooke, London, 1893, vol. 2, p. 325Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    R. Lowe, ‘Trades Unions’, Quarterly Review, 123, 1867, p. 369.Google Scholar
  3. 14.
    There is a good account of these years in Jonathan Spain, ‘Trade Unionists, Gladstonian Liberals, and the Labour Law Reforms of 1875’ in Eugenio F. Biagini and Alastair J. Reid (eds), Currents of Radicalism: Popular Radicalism, Organized Labour, and Party Politics in Britain, 1850–1914, Cambridge, 1991.Google Scholar

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