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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 20 of Emma Griffin’s superb 2013 book, Liberty’s Dawn: A People’s History of the Industrial Revolution:

It is time to think the unthinkable: that these writers [of memoirs by ordinary people during the industrial revolution] viewed themselves not as downtrodden losers but as men and women in control of their destiny; that the industrial revolution heralded the advent not of a yet ‘darker period’, but of the dawn of liberty.