Fifty Years March, The Rise of the Labour Party
Published in 1950, Fifty Years March, The Rise of the Labour Party is the first concise history of the British Labour Party. Written by Francis Williams, Fifty Years March covers the period from 1900 when Keir Hardy and others founded this Socialist political party; a party that was to bring huge benefits to the UK, and today still plays a major part in British life.
Fifty Years March, The Rise of the Labour Party was published just after the foundation of the National Health Service in Britain. The establishment of the NHS in Britain was under the inspired leadership of the Welsh Labour Party politician Aneurin Bevan (1897–1960). This alone was a major achievement for this Socialist party. This book tells the story of the struggles and problems being dealt with in Britain.
The author, Francis Williams, was the former editor of the UK Daily Herald newspaper. This book covers in detail the birth of the Labour Party, the years of growth, the First World War and the impact of the Russian Revolution, the first Labour government and the achievement of power.
Fifty Years March, The Rise of the Labour Party is illustrated with black and white photographs. Published by Odhams Press, London. Hardback with dust jacket. The hardback cover is worn at the top and bottom. The dust jacket is scuffed and torn but intact and in a protective cover. The inside pages do have some finger marks but otherwise the book is clean and a fascinating read.
There is something about the slightly scuffed appearance of this book that represents the first fifty year’s struggle of the Labour Party, a political movement that has become a major influence for good in British life since 1900.
This book has been well read and is not in the best condition but we love to see books like this survive.