Building Jerusalem
The General Strike as social drama
in A lark for the sake of their country
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Unstable social conditions, economic disruptions, and Britain's increasing loss of colonial and industrial power contributed to the polarization of attitudes that crystallized in the 1926 General Strike. From the perspective of the Labour Party and the Trades Union Congress (TUC), the General Strike used the rational, organized pressure of a general work stoppage to persuade the community at large of parliament's moral responsibility to the miners. When the TUC General Council agreed to resume negotiations with the government on 12 May 1926, the General Strike officially ended. In communities of strikers, people gave money for soup kitchens, and organized a series of singing and jazz band concerts, and even a traditional Sword Play in one community, to raise money for those without food. Even non-union working-class and lower-middle-class volunteers were invited to enter the periphery of this holiday world by having their ordinary work declared a social service.

A lark for the sake of their country

The 1926 General Strike volunteers in folklore and memory


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