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Combination Acts


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1799–1800.

These Acts were directed against trade unions (combinations of workmen) when the government feared unrest and even revolution. They failed to crush the unions, but did force them to operate circumspectly or secretly. Repeal of the Acts came in 1824–5 after a campaign master‐minded by Place and presented by Joseph Hume, and was followed by an upsurge in trade union activity.

Subjects: World History — British History.


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