‘A mutual benefit association’

Michael R. Watts

in The Dissenters Volume III

Published in print March 2015 | ISBN: 9780198229698
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191744754 | DOI:
‘A mutual benefit association’

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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

Chapter.  9584 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion ; Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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