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Alison Morgan

this narrative, widespread support could be achieved.13 ‘The women seemed to be the special object of the rage of these [?] soldiers’. James Wroe’s comment in the Manchester Observer on 21 August is illustrative of the narrative regarding the treatment of women conveyed in the press.14 In The Times on 19 August, John Tyas describes ‘a woman on the ground, insensible, to all outward appearance, and with two large gouts of blood on her left breast.’15 The plight of women at Peterloo was also addressed on 21 August in the Leeds Mercury which states: ‘Sex itself could

in Ballads and songs of Peterloo