11 July 2013

A Seditious Hand-Bill Hits the Streets of Birmingham


On the 11th July 1791 the hand-bill above was printed and distributed around Birmingham. These were strong words for the time; with lines like 'The Peace of Slavery is worse than the War of Freedom' it was almost a call to arms. Some believed that it was published by enemies to these ideas, to deliberately inflame anger, though it could also have been someone without the sense to forsee the consequeces. After all, Revolution is not everyone's cup of tea. Whoever printed it, it definitely had an effect!

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