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General Strike - Overview

General Strike - Overview

 

The General Strike occurred between 3rd and 12th May 1926.

As an event in the consciousness of the British people, it was to become one of the most dramatic peacetime events of the twentieth century. Inhabitants throughout Britain were affected, in every town, shop, office, and home. Everyday items, including the distribution of food, energy, transport, and news were impacted by the actions of the trade unions. At midnight on 3rd May 1926 more than two million workers stopped work, and joined the only General Strike to occur to date in Britain. With memories fresh from recent European socialist revolutions, Britain prepared for the perceived socialist onslaught that would threaten the very fabric of democracy in the country.

The following content sheds light on not only the General Strike itself, but the writing of the Initial Holograph Draft during this period. This material is, therefore, primarily offered as supporting material for this period of writing.