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Manchester today and a hundred years ago
Script by Joan Littlewood
Recorded and produced by Olive Shapley
For a full century the industrial tradition of Manchester has remained unbroken. The people who work the mills of ' Cottonopolis ' today are the direct descendants of those men whom the industrial revolution swept into its coils in the early eighteen hundreds, and Manchester richly merits the judgment of Frederick Engels , the great German philosopher, when he described it and South Lancashire as the classic soil on which English manufacture achieved its master-work '. This quotation occurs in Engel's work ' The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844' from which tonight's picture of the Manchester of a hundred years ago will be largely taken.
Contrasted with this will be a microphone impression of Manchester today, composed from records made by the present inhabitants of that city, descendants of the people with whom Engels spoke.


Script By: Joan Littlewood
Produced By: Olive Shapley
Unknown: Frederick Engels

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