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Preston Lockout

Catalogue Reference:(LARO) DDPR/138/87B

One of five cartoons produced during a strike by cotton workers in Preston, Lancashire in 1853 and 1854. The strike resulted in a lock-out by the employers and Irish workers were brought in to break the strike by the larger mill owners. These workers, who appear to be mostly women and children, are caricatured as lazy and ignorant with Irish accents. After the strike was settled, they were sent back to Ireland. This cartoon has been used by permission of the Lancashire Evening Post.

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