The Slave Of The Capitalist.
Title:The Slave Of The Capitalist.
Publication:The Bradford Observer
Date:February 14th 1861
This poem harks back the radical verse of the 1840s, especially in its equating of the lot of the industrial worker with slavery. It was published before the Civil War and the effects of the Cotton Famine and represents a type of angry political verse which became scarcer in newspapers in the north of England as unemployment increased to epidemic levels. Although this is not exactly Marxist in its sentiment, it certainly displays a high degree of class consciousness, and the rejection of the illusion is especially interesting. – SR