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Chapter 5 - What They Believed

from Part Two - Taking Its Measure

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 April 2022

Vic Gatrell
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All the conspirators could read, and most could write, more or less. Radical newspapers and tavern trade clubs and societies provided their political education. ’Low’ radicals in regency London were as deeply influenced by the agrarian socialist Thomas Spence as by Tom Paine, but, either way, their values drew on Enlightenment. They believed in the people’s right to resist oppression, and some hoped for the redistribution of landed property throughout the kingdom. Spence propagated his ideas through slogans, songs, graffiti, and tokens as well as pamphlets and books; and after his death in 1814 they were propagated through the Society of Spencean Philanthropists and Wedderburn’s ‘chapel’ in Soho, to both of which key conspirators belonged.

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Conspiracy on Cato Street
A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London
, pp. 94 - 113
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • What They Believed
  • Vic Gatrell, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Conspiracy on Cato Street
  • Online publication: 06 April 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108974981.006
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  • Vic Gatrell, University of Cambridge
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  • What They Believed
  • Vic Gatrell, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Conspiracy on Cato Street
  • Online publication: 06 April 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108974981.006
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