‘Education for Democracy’, ‘Education for Emancipation’: Historical Narratives of the Workers’ Educational Association and the Labour Colleges 1900–1920

Socialist History - ISSN 0969-4331
Volume 2021 Number 59

‘Education for Democracy’, ‘Education for Emancipation’: Historical Narratives of the Workers’ Educational Association and the Labour Colleges 1900–1920
Pushpa Kumbhat, pages 49-75

Abstract

This article explores the diversity of thought within the labour movement and how the history of working-class adult education reflects and represents different political aspects of the British left. It argues that the making of the modern British left is closely aligned to the history of working-class adult education. To gain insight into how this history has shaped the political left, this article will analyse the historical narratives that two twentieth century voluntary working-class adult education organisations – the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and the National Council of Labour Colleges (NCLC) – used to support their activities in adult education. It will analyse what motivated the WEA and NCLC to take ownership of pre-existing systems and structures of adult education and adapt them to the diverse demands of the modern labour movement as it evolved from 1900 to 1920.

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Pushpa Kumbhat (2021) ‘Education for Democracy’, ‘Education for Emancipation’: Historical Narratives of the Workers’ Educational Association and the Labour Colleges 1900–1920, Socialist History, 2021(59), 49-75

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