***The subject of the new major film by Mike Leigh*** Unity of the
oppressed can make a difference in politically uncertain times A
peaceful protest turned tragedy; this is the true story of the
working class fight for the vote. On August 16 1819, in St Peter's
Field, Manchester, a large non-violent gathering demanding
parliamentary reform turned into a massacre, leaving many dead and
hundreds more injured. This catastrophic event was one of the key
moments of the age, a political awakening of the working class, and
eventually led to ordinary people gaining suffrage. In this
definitive account Joyce Marlow tells the stories of the real
people involved and brings to life the atrocity the government
attempted to cover up. The Peterloo Massacre is soon to be the
subject of a major film directed by Mike Leigh.
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