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FRED ENGELS IN SALFORD
 

From Salford Star issue 6 Winter 2007

ARE YOU READY FOR FREDDY?

How Salford Changed The World...

The Salford Star, with funding from the Lipman-Miliband Trust, commissioned Matt Carroll, of the famous Central Station design team, to produce a special limited edition poster of Fred Engels which appeared in issue 6.

Click here to see the poster in larger format and to read about Fred's influence on the world, plus his fave things...


CHE ENGELS COIN ENGELS COIN
ENGELS COVER ENGELS DRAWINGS ENGELS DRAWINGS
ENGELS BANKNOTE ENGELS STAMP
click image to enlarge

Without Salford there would have been no Russian revolution, no Che Guevara, no Fidel Castroand no John Lennon singing `We all wanna change the w-u--r-r-ld'

Fred Engels came to work at his dad's mill in Weaste because he knew that the area was right at the cutting edge of everything. Salford and Manchester were the world's first industrial cities, with all the associated social problems and political reactions mass Chartist rallies, the Peterloo Massacre, the centre of trade unionism and in the year he arrived, mass strikes in the mills repressed by troops and the police. It was kicking off all over the place. If anywhere was ripe for revolution it was here

Karl Marx was sat in London absolutely skint. He wouldn't have been able to write the Communist Manifesto or Das Kapital without Engels subbing him all the time. Marx would have had to get a job stacking shelves in Netto or something. But the money that Engels sent him came from the profits at his dad's Victoria Mill the sweat of Salford's workers paid for these history changing books to be written.

Engels wouldn't have been able to write the groundbreaking Conditions of the Working Class In England without being taken around those areas by Mary Burns. They say that if you can't change your doorstep you can't change the world. Mary Burns showed Fred the social horror on her doorstep which led to him igniting the flame that inspired over fifty workers' revolutions across the globe.

ENGELS TRIVIA...

Favourite Virtue: Jollity

Favourite Virtue in a Man: To mind his own business

Idea of Happiness: A bottle of wine

Aversion: Stuck up women

Hero: None

Favourite Flower: Bluebell

Motto: Take it easy

As told to Karl Marx's daughter, Eleanor, in 1860

To get an original Matt Carroll poster of Engels buy the last few copies of issue 6  here...

To read Part 1 of Engels in Salford click here

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Who was Mary Burns?

D Boyes wrote
at 14:44:51 on 26 May 2011
fROM THE WORLD'S FIRST INDUSTRIAL CITY , TO A JOBLESS, HOPELESS , STINKING CESSPIT HELLHOLE OF GREED AND CORRUPTION . . SIMPLY BEYOND BELIEF .

Emma vd Steen wrote
at 21:30:34 on 13 January 2011
Dear people of the Stanford Star, Doing research on the early industrialization of the German twin cities Barmen and Elberfeld, I landed on your webpages with articles on "Fred" Engels' time in Stanford, from 2007. First of all I want to make you a big compliment for this speedy, modern piece revealing Engels in a very fresh way. The quotations of some of his lines were an eye-opener, it almost makes me decide to start reading Das Kapital. I used some of the lines for the english Wikipedia Article on Engels (with references). If you donot agree, please tell, so I can delete the lines. Second: is there any chance, I could get this lovely poster ? At the moment I'm partly living in Wuppertal and notice, not much is being tributed here to this great thinker-mover-doer (whatever one's opinion on his opinions is, to my opinion no one can say he wasn't a great thinker.) Third: do you know websites were more is showed about Engels' time in manchester / Stanford ? Thanks a lot, have a great 2011, Emma vd Steen Wuppertal / Amsterdam

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