Massacre at St. Peter's or "Britons strike home"!!!


On 16 August 1819, the day now known as the Peterloo Massacre, thousands of peaceful protestors for parliamentary reform gathered at St Peter’s Square, Manchester. Ten to twenty were killed and hundreds injured as the meeting was violently broken up by the Manchester Yeomanry, a force of volunteer soldiers. This coloured print by George Cruikshank is one of many produced in the aftermath of the event, and depicts the Yeomanry as brutally violent.

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Massacre at St. Peter's or "Britons strike home"!!!
1819, London
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George Cruikshank
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