The radical response to conservative heritage tours and banal day-tripper guides, Rebel Footprints brings to life the history of social movements in the capital. Transporting readers from well-known landmarks to history-making hidden corners, David Rosenberg tells the story of protest and struggle in London from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.
From the suffragettes to the socialists, from the Chartists to the trade unionists, the book invites us to step into the footprints of a diverse cast of dedicated fighters for social justice. Individual chapters highlight particular struggles and their participants, from famous faces to lesser-known luminaries.
Rosenberg sets London's radical campaigners against the backdrop of the city's multi-faceted development. Self-directed walks pair with narratives that seamlessly blend history, politics and geography. Specially commissioned maps and illustrations immerse the reader in the story of the city.
Whether visiting it for the first time, or born and raised in it, Rosenberg invites you to see London as you never have before: the nation's capital as its radical centre.
David Rosenberg is an educator, writer and tour guide, and author of Rebel Footprints (Pluto, 2015) and Battle for the East End (Five Leaves, 2011). Since 2008, he has led tours of key sites in London's social and political history.
Foreword Introduction 1. Rebellious City: London from the 1830s to the 1930s 2. Trailblazers for Democracy 3. Rising from the East 4. Coming in from the Cold: Immigrant Agitators and Radicals in the East End 5. No Gods No Masters: Radical Bloomsbury 6. Stirrings from the South: the Battersea 4 7. Speaking Truth to Power in Suffragette City 8. Not Afraid of the Prison Walls: Rebel Women and Men of Poplar 9. People's Power in Bermondsey 10. No Pasaran! Conclusion Bibliography Index