E.P. Thompson

Just discovered this recording of Thompson at a SSRC seminar.  I am reminded again why he is one of the my favorite historians of the past one hundred years.

 

“I am seeking to rescue the poor stockinger, the Luddite cropper, the ‘obsolete’ hand-loom weaver, the ‘Utopian’ artisan, and even the deluded follower of Joanna Southcott, from the enormous condescension of posterity. Their crafts and traditions may have been dying. Their hostility to the new industrialism may have been backward-looking. Their communitarian ideals may have been fantasies. Their insurrectionary conspiracies may have been foolhardy. But they lived through these times of acute social disturbance, and we did not.” – E.P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class

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