Gosport's Unknown Revolutionaries at Gosport Discovery Centre - Monday 19th August 2019

Gosport's Unknown Revolutionaries at Gosport Discovery Centre - Monday 19th August 2019

Gosport's unknown Revolutionaries at Gosport Discovery Centre

Monday 19th August 2019

7.30pm

An illustrated talk by National Secular Society Historian Bob Forder.

After marrying on 24 May 1813 at St Mary's Church, Alverstoke, Richard and Jane Carlile moved to London and started publishing and selling radical books, particularly those by Thomas Paine.

Paine was one of the Founding Fathers of the USA who emigrated from the UK and wrote much that was to inspire the American revolutionaries. After moving again, this time to France, Paine was involved in the French Revolution. He was not popular with the British establishment and his writings were effectively banned - a prohibition the Carliles chose to defy. On 16 August 1819 Richard was on the platform at Peterloo when the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry attacked the crowd killing a number of them. Richard fled to London and wrote the first accounts of "The Manchester Massacre" in his journal "The Republican".

Soon afterwards he was convicted for selling "blasphemous and seditious" literature (Paine's "Rights of Man") and spent the next 7 years in Dorchester gaol. Jane carried on the publishing and bookselling business, but was eventually imprisoned herself. Both Richard and Jane were ardent feminists and soon after their release published "Every Woman's Book" which not only advocated birth control but explained contraceptive techniques. It was the first book in the English language to do so. They thought that women could be liberated if they could control their fertility.

Richard and Jane visited Gosport often and had many supporters in the area who helped finance their various activities including their lecture tours of the country.

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