The North-East and the Campaigns for the Popular Front, 1938–39

  title={The North-East and the Campaigns for the Popular Front, 1938–39},
  author={Lewis Mates},
  journal={Northern History},
  pages={273 - 301}
  • Lewis Mates
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • History, Political Science
  • Northern History
Abstract This article examines the Popular Front campaigns in 1938 and 1939 at grassroots level. It does this by taking the North-East region as a case study. The north-eastern labour movement was traditionally moderate and loyal. Substantial support for the policy in regions like the North-East was vital if the labour movement as a whole could be won over to the Popular Front. The article concentrates on Sir Stafford Cripps's 'Petition Campaign' launched in February 1939 and compares it with… 
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