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Forgotten Hero: The Life and Times of Edward Rushton

by Bill Hunter - £6.00  Living History Library (2002)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780954207700 | ISBN 10: 095420770x

Edward Rushton was undoubtedly a heroic figure who should be given a place in Liverpool's history of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He was an uncompromising opponent of slavery, who at the age of nineteen became blind.
He wrote poetry, and became a tireless campaigner against slavery and against the press gangs. He was a revolutionary republican, supporter of the American War for Independence, the French Revolution, and the struggles of the Polish and Irish people. He founded the world's first school for the blind which, in the middle of the nineteenth century, moved to a building now occupied by the Merseyside Trade Union, Community and Unemployed Resource Centre.

"I wrote this book on Edward Rushton in an attempt to rescue from obscurity, this uncompromising fighter for the common people, and to pay tribute to his indomitable spirit."
(Bill Hunter)
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