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JOURNALISM AND POLITICS

Series One: The Papers of C P Scott, 1846-1932, from the John Rylands University Library of Manchester
Part 1: C P Scotts General Correspondence, c.1870-1934, and Political Diaries, 1911-1928

"Comment is free, but facts are sacred... The voice of opponents no less than that of friends has a right to be heard." C P Scott.

Charles Prestwich Scott transformed the Manchester Guardian into a campaigning, liberal newspaper with genuine influence in British and world politics.  This was largely through his prodigious work-rate and his wide circle of close friends and contacts which included John Burns, Elizabeth Butler, John Dillon, Millicent Fawcett, James Keir Hardie, Arthur Henderson, Wilfrid Laurier, David Lloyd George, James Ramsay MacDonald, Christabel, Emmeline and Sylvia Pankhurst,  John Redmond, Jan Smuts, Rabindranath Tagore, and Chaim Weizmann.

This project makes available:

  • His complete political diaries, 1911-1928;
  • His general correspondence (over 4,000 letters), 1870-1934, and his letters to and from J E Taylor and LK T Hobhouse.

These are a vital source for topics including: The Russian Revolution; Political and military struggles in South Africa; The First World War; Irish Independence; Women’s suffrage; Zionism and the foundation of Israel; The rise of the Labour Party and the decline of the Liberals; and Movements for colonial freedom.



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