Textiles

There are many songs about the textile industry and those who worked in it. The items shown here are limited to those which deal explicitly or implicitly with steam power. The source of most of these items are broadsides from the north west of England.

Main Themes and Motifs

- Unemployment caused by the adoption of steam power
- Factory work and unjust employment practices
- Strikes (In particular the '10% and No Surrender' strikes of 1853/54
- Social change resulting from industrialisation

Chronology

1790-99 509
1800-09
1810-19 285
1820-29 198
1830-39 199
1840-49 079; 070
1850-59 318; 026; 662; 750
1860-69 012
1870-79
1880-89

Historical Background

Not ready for publication