Holyoake, George Jacob. The History of the Last Trial by Jury for Atheism in England: A Fragment of Autobiography, Submitted for the Perusal of Her Majesty's Attorney-General and the British Clergy. London: James Watson, 1851. vi, 100 pp. Reprint available May 2005 by the Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 1-58477-553-X. Cloth. $65. * Holyoake [1817-1906], a notable free-thinking socialist lecturer and self-described "agitator," was the last person in England indicted for blasphemy based on remarks during a debate after one of his speaking engagements. Though convicted, he emerged the moral victor. As his account of the trial indicates, he defending his position eloquently. And his stirring critique of the blasphemy laws did much to undermine their validity in the popular mind.
First published in 1893, this tenth edition of The History of the Rochdale Pioneers, is an example of the nineteenth-century tradition of self-help manuals. It describes the origins and the development of the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society, the problems faced by the Rochdale Pioneers through economically tough times and how the collective were able to overcome these difficulties.
This book will be of interest to those studying the history of social welfare, class and economics, as well as the Co-operative Movement.