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Friedrich Engels’s “Old Town of Manchester”

12/05/2017 1:30 pm
12/05/2017 3:30 pm
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Victoria Station Approach, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 1PB

By day they were Victorian gentlemen with sedentary lifestyles and smart boots. By night they were rabid radicals, roaming the streets with revolutionary fervour.

They were Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels and they changed the world.

We follow in their footsteps across the city: to the Royal Exchange where young Friedrich posed as a capitalist; Engels’s office on Southgate where his work at the coal-face of capitalism gave Marx so many tips; Police Street (sic) where Engels had a secret mailing address; Chetham’s where the two researched; the slums around the River Irk and “Irish Town”.

This enthralling and exhilarating walk is led by Ed Glinert who once joined a Trotskyite group so secret its members were obliged to communicate using only pseudonyms. He now votes capitalist.

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