Working Class Movement Library

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Railway Review in 1941

Posted by wcmlibrary on May 10, 2011

The Library has a long run of this National Union of Railwaymen (NUR) journal – from 1880 to 1969.  Browsing the volume for 1941 in search of some family history information, Alain was interested in the huge range of the topics it was covering at that time.

Included are:

Articles by leading Indian independence activists including Mahatma Gandhi, and debate in the correspondence columns on the same issue

Debate on the Popular Front, especially given the recent entry of the Soviet Union into the War

Debate on the Labour Party, Communist Party of Great Britain and trade unions.  (The leadership of the NUR were hostile to the CP after their volte face at the time of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact).

A campaign for a minimum wage of £3000

Reports on women in ‘men’s jobs’

Reports on victims of the Blitz including railwaymen at work, and articles on rationing and food shortages

Also articles on reconstruction, evidence of thought about after the war eg nationalising the railways

Regular columns on gardening, health and sport.

Whenever you open a volume round here there’s always a surprise or two inside!


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