Red Clydeside: A history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932


Letter from a soldier's wife to Forward newspaper about evictions of servicemen's dependents, 4 Dec 1915

image from Red Clydeside collection

The women leaders of the rent strike and the political leadership of the ILP in Glasgow were quick to realise the importance of the propaganda war during the rent strikes.

The strike leaders knowing that the landlords would quickly command the sympathies and the pages of the anti-socialist media concentrated their efforts on gaining the support and sympathy of the wider public.

The Labour press in Glasgow and especially the ILP newspaper 'Forward' were deployed very early on to lead a concerted campaign against the unpatriotic actions of the landlords and to highlight the more extreme instances of landlord injustices against working class tenants.

Source: Gallacher Memorial Library, Glasgow Caledonian University Special Collections and Archives