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Ben Bradley papers

CP/IND/BRAD. Benjamin Francis Bradley (1898-1957) was a communist metalworker, born in Walthamstow, who was sent to India to promote militant trade unionism in 1927 and sentenced in the infamous Meerut Conspiracy Trial five years later. This provoked an enormous outcry, and in Britain, according to Stephen Howe, "probably inspired more left-wing pamphlet literature than any other colonial issue between the wars". Bradley's papers are an indispensable source for the episode and include extensive prison correspondence, documents from the Meerut trial and records of the international campaigns of solidarity with the defendants. They also contain his notes for a projected autobiography and materials relating to his later political activities. For several years Bradley continued to be involved in anti-colonial activities and between 1934 and 1940 served as secretary of the League Against Imperialism and its successor, the CPGB's Colonial Information Bureau. He also spent periods as the Daily worker's circulation manager and, briefly before his death, as national organiser of the Britain-China Friendship Association. His papers bear witness to the genuine internationalism that was one of the outstanding qualities of many communist activists.

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Autobiographical Papers of Ben Bradley

Autobiographical Papers of Ben Bradley

These papers include a manuscript autobiographical note c.1943 describing Ben Bradley's working and political life up to 1942. They also include a transcript biographical statement, circa 1929, providing an outline of... (more...)

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Meerut Prisoners Papers

Meerut Prisoners Papers

The correspondence of Ben Bradley during the trial combines the personal with the political. Bradley's main correspondents are his brother Len and his parents. The personal aspect consists of reports on... (more...)

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Papers Regarding India

Papers Regarding India

The development of Trade Unionism is a key theme in these items as they explore the formation of the All India Trades Union Federation followed by the conflict between this organisation... (more...)

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