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The Dissenters Volume IIIThe Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity$
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Michael R. Watts

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.001.0001

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‘A mutual benefit association’

‘A mutual benefit association’

Trade Unionists and Employers

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The Dissenters Volume III

Michael R. Watts

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the close ties between Dissent, organized labour, and Liberalism. Their leaders shared a common belief in the virtues of hard work, independence, self-reliance, and personal probity; many had the same faith in democratic political reforms in both church and state; they had a common antipathy to privilege, whether it be that of the landed aristocracy and gentry, or that of the established church; and they shared the same disdain for class conflict and the same belief in co-operation between the industrious sections of the community.

Keywords:   Nonconformists, Dissent, working class, Liberal party, organized labour, liberalism

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