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When the Clyde Ran Red

History, Local History, Social History
Publication Date
08 March 2018
Paperback (also available as an ebook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Ltd
8pp b/w plates

When the Clyde Ran Red

A Social History of Red Clydeside
by Maggie Craig - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

‘Shows that while Jimmy Maxton and Tom Johnston were legendary figures on Clydeside, Scottish women played their part in standing up for people too. An insightful read’ – Scottish Field

'This is a book that should be considered essential reading by anyone interested in relatively recent Scottish history: or in the background to what we see happening around us today' – Undiscovered Scotland

When the Clyde Ran Red paints a vivid picture of the heady days when revolution was in the air on Clydeside. Through the bitter strike at the huge Singer Sewing machine plant in Clydebank in 1911, Bloody Friday in Glasgow’s George Square in 1919, the General Strike of 1926 and on through the Spanish Civil War to the Clydebank Blitz of 1941, the people fought for the right to work, the dignity of labour and a fairer society for everyone.

They did so in a Glasgow where overcrowded tenements stood no distance from elegant tea rooms, art galleries, glittering picture palaces and dance halls. Red Clydeside was also home to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow Style and magnificent exhibitions showcasing the wonders of the age. Political idealism and artistic creativity were matched by industrial endeavor: the Clyde built many of the greatest ships that ever sailed, and Glasgow locomotives pulled trains on every continent on earth.

In this book Maggie Craig puts the politics into the social context of the times and tells the story with verve, warmth and humour.

Maggie Craig is the acclaimed writer of the ground-breaking Damn’ Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ’45, and its companion volume Bare- Arsed Banditti: The Men of the ’45. She is also the author of six family saga novels set in her native Glasgow and Clydebank. She is a popular speaker in libraries and book festivals and has served two terms as a committee mem-ber of the Society of Authors in Scotland.

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