Death Or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia 1788-1868

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Allen & Unwin, 2010 - Convicts - 431 pages
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This is the first narrative history that brings together the stories of the political prisoners sent as convicts to Australia from all parts of the British Empire, spanning the early days of the penal settlement at Sydney Cove until transportation ended in 1868. Author Tony Moore asks who were these prisoners, and what led them to take the radical actions they did? Why did the authorities so fear these dissenters and rebels, and was transportation effective in halting dissent? Most crucially, what influence did these political activists in exile have on colonial life and politics, from the Castle Hill Rebellion to trade unionism and the early appearance of responsible and democratic government. In our contemporary climate, where laws are being tightened to curtail dissent in the interests of national security, 'Death or Liberty' seeks to raise questions about the violence of both the state and its opponents, the causes of zeal, ruthlessness and idealism, and to reveal the crucial place of hope, courage and conviction in human progress.
  

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User Review  - Cassandra Wilkinson - Goodreads

I absolutely love this book. The untold history of Australia's transported freedom fighters. Read full review

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User Review  - Rob - Goodreads

I really, really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't. I found it dull for a couple of reasons. This book has not much to say about how these political martyrs contributed to Australian ... Read full review

Contents

Remembering Australias Political Prisoners
The Rebels of 1798 in Ireland and Australia
British Rebels of Field and Factory
Canadian Revolutionaries in Exile
Transported Martyrs and the Making of a Nation
Traces of Liberty
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