The Enigma of the young Arthur Horner: From Churches of Christ preacher to Communist militant (1894-1920)

Casey, Michael W.; Ackers, Peter
March 2001
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring2001, Vol. 66 Issue 1, p3
Academic Journal
The miners also had the advantage at this time of being led by the most brilliant and capable trade-union leader of twentieth-century Britain, the Communist Arthur Horner. The Welsh miners were ripe for another Messiah. Indeed, the use of religious and eschatological terms comes naturally enough to an analysis of the coalfields in this period. The 1904 religious revival which galvanized Wales in the next two years from its starting-point at Loughor near Llanelli, had a powerful impact on the consciousness of many young miners. They included men like Frank Hodges, Arthur Cook, Arthur Horner, S. O. Davies, and others moved by religious experience to become part of the vanguard of industrial revolt.


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