By Rhian E. Jones
The wave of unrest which came about in 1840s Wales, referred to as ‘Rebeccaism’ or ‘the Rebecca riots’, sticks out as a hit tale in the quite often gloomy annals of renowned fight and defeat. the tale is remembered in brilliant and compelling photos: assaults on tollgates and different symbols of perceived injustice via farmers and employees, outlandishly wearing bonnets and petticoats and led by means of the enduring nameless determine of Rebecca herself. The occasions shape a middle a part of historic examine and remembrance in Wales, and often look in broader paintings on British radicalism and Victorian protest routine. This booklet attracts on cultural heritage, gender reports and symbolic anthropology to offer clean and replacement arguments at the which means of Rebeccaite dress and formality; the importance of the female in protest; the hyperlinks among protest and pop culture; using Rebecca’s photograph in Victorian press and political discourse; and the ways that the occasions and a twin of Rebecca herself have been built-in into politics, tradition and renowned reminiscence in Wales and past. a lot of these facets pay off larger attention than they've got but been accorded, and spotlight the relevance of Rebeccaism to British and eu well known protest – as much as and together with the current day.
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Petticoat Heroes: Gender, Culture and Popular Protest in the Rebecca Riots by Rhian E. Jones