A Light in the Gloom

This is a fictional autobiography of a working-class Jacobin, supposedly born and raised in Walton-le-Dale, who later accompanied Thomas Paine to France at the time of the French Revolution. It was written by Thomas Wheeler, who himself was educated in the village. Wheeler gave it the title, ‘A Light in the Gloom; or, the Politics of the Past. An Old Man’s Tale’. For background information and a discussion of the key points in the ‘autobiography’, see: Walton-le-Dale’s fictional Jacobin

Source: The People’s Paper, Vol. 1, 8 May – 14 August 1852. It has been transcribed from a microfilmed copy of The People’s Paper at The Working Class Movement Library in Salford: https://www.wcml.org.uk/

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9

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