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

Political parties and organisations of the Red Clydeside period

Socialist Sunday Schools

The socialist sunday school movement arose out of the London dock strike of 1892 when food kitchens and educational classes were set up for the children of striking dockers, who were taught the causes and results of poverty for working people. By 1912 there were over 200 socialist sunday schools throughout Britain. In their early days they encountered opposition from local authorities and politicians, who argued that socialist sunday schools were subverting the minds of young people with political and anti-religious doctrines and teachings.

image thumbnail The Socialist Commandments, as taught in socialist sunday schools. These met with fierce opposition from the political and religious establishment, being seen as subversive and as indoctrinating children with blasphemous and revolutionary teachings.
Cover of third issue of the 'Proletarian song book - school edition', a book of socialist anthems published in 1923. image thumbnail
image thumbnail Cover and foreword of booklet entitled 'The Red Dawn: a book of verse for revolutionaries and others' by Albert Young.