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By Paulo Freire

Paulo Freire is appeared by way of many because the most important academic philosopher of the 20 th century. This quantity deals Freire's personal intimate retrospection of his lifestyles and paintings. those reflections, devoted to his niece Cristina, offer a backdrop for a deeper realizing of ways his stories are associated with his philosophical and pedagogical paintings.

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48 —W i ll T h o r n e T h i s b o o k t e ll s the story of the great strike at Silvertown in the autumn and winter of 1889. The Epilogue includes some discussion of another strike by members of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers in the same factory in 1897, and sketches in the growth of industrial and political labor in the district. The 1889 strike lasted three months, and that of 1897 lasted three months longer, although it involved only the skilled engineering workers in the plant. Today, both struggles have been comprehensively forgotten.

Again, the employers had learned from the Silvertown experience. Scabs were fed and billeted aboard the Scotland, which was moored inside the docks, as had happened at Silvertown. Further strikes, most notably at Hull in 1893, were put down by police and soldiers, with gunboats anchored in the River Humber. 98 The pattern was repeated in many other disputes across the country, notably in the national engineering dispute of 1897–98. As at Silvertown, another key weapon in the employers’ armory was the courts.

109 It is also certain that this was the company’s aim, for they rejected all offers of mediation to end the dispute. Gray was cheered on from behind the scenes by a ruling-class and middle-class opinion desperate to put an end to what they considered an epidemic of strikes led by socialist agitators. Those with a direct pecuniary interest in the outcome of the Silvertown strike included even the Marquess of Salisbury, the prime minister of the day, and a bevy of his fellow Tory and Liberal MPs.

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