This chapter explores the boundaries of region and social class that defined the identity of the Durham miner in the 1920s, and how this affected the positions adopted and choices made in 1926. It assesses the strength of the occupational community, examining the dominance of mining in County Durham, and the relationships of the miners with other social and occupational groups, particularly during the general strike. Sections are devoted to the middle classes, shopkeepers, and the police. It then considers geographical identities, investigating the degree of mobility both within and outside of county boundaries. It analyses the miners' sense of national belonging, particularly with regard to memories of the First World War, and the relationship between the DMA and MFGB.
Keywords: County Durham; General Strike; regional identity; community; middle class; shopkeepers; police; geographical mobility; First World War; Miners' Federation of Great Britain
Chapter. 24023 words.
Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)
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