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March 2, 1839

cover page of Northern Liberator published on March 2, 1839

Northern Liberator





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The Northern Liberator was the organ of the Newcastle Chartists.

This paper was published in the North-East of England...The bitterness caused by the measure [the new Poor Law] lived on and continued to affect working class politics in particular...to which...the Northern Liberator and the Northern Star increasingly turned their attention (Barker p.215, 211).

"Exaggerating somewhat, the Northern Liberator on 4 April 1840 attributed [recent attacks on the beershop to 'the hatred of the Squirearchy to the labouring people, and the deep-rooted aversion they entertain against any enjoyment or social privilege they may by stealth obtain'" (Harrison).

Ward describes Augustus Beaumont as having been "half-insane" (Ward, 175).

"In 1837 he founded [Editor's Note: Augustus Harding Beaumont] at Newcastle-on-Tyne a paper called the Northern Liberator , which was one of the best of the popular newspapers. It took a vehement part in the campaign led by Oastler and Stephens, and in other respects it was noted for its intelligent interest in foreign affairs" (Hovell).

Source: The Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals: 1800-1900.

For this newspaper, we have the following titles in, or planned for, our digital archive:

  • 1837–74 The Northern Liberator

This newspaper is published by an unknown publisher in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England. It was digitised and first made available on the British Newspaper Archive in May 28, 2013 . The latest issues were added in Nov 29, 2014.