Whigs and Hunters: The Origin of the Black Act, Volume 10

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Pantheon Books, 1975 - Capital punishment - 312 pages
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"This is Edward Thompson's first book since the publication in 1963 of The Making of the English Working Class, a book that has become a modern classic and proved to be of interest to far more than historians. Whigs and Hunters has taken Thompson into an area that was largely new to him. Moving back into Hanoverian Britain of the 1720s, Thompson has focused on a new vantage point: the notorious Black Act of 1723, which introduced the death penalty for many new offences, some as trivial as deer stalking in disguise at night, cutting down young trees, and writing threatening letters..." -- Back cover.

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User Review  - lyzard - LibraryThing

E. P. Thompson's book is an important study of a frightening piece of 18th century English legislation, "The Waltham Black Act", or as it is generally known, the Black Act, which took its name from a ... Read full review

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User Review  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

This is an at times fascinating account of a little known piece of legislation from a preeminent British historian. The Black Act outlawed peasants and commoners from infringing on the privileged classes in Hanoverian England in the 1720s. Read full review


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Thompson is a contemporary neo-Marxist. He has studied especially the development of a working-class consciousness in the early years of the Industrial Revolution.

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