Life and Times of the Right Hon. John Bright

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1. Rochdale and the Bright Family -- 2. Mr. Bright's Father and Mother -- 3. Boyhood and Youth -- 4. Popular Agitations -- 5.--Early Public Speeches -- 6.--Increasing Interest in Social and Political Matters -- 7.--The Corn Laws -- 8.--The Campaign Against the Corn Laws Begins -- 9. Opposition to Church Rates -- 10. As a Literary Character -- 11. Action of the Anti-Corn Law League -- 12. The Progress of the Anti-Corn-Law League's Agitation -- 13. Continued Raid Against the Corn Laws -- 14. The League and the House of Commons -- 15. First Election Contest or Durham -- 16. Second Election Contest in Durham -- 17. His Early Parliamentary Career -- 18. Awakening the Country -- 19. The Struggle Against the Corn Laws Continued -- 20. The Labor of the League Continued -- 21. Opposition to the Game and Corn Laws -- 22. Iniquity of the Game Laws Exposed -- 23. The End of the Corn Laws Approaches -- 24. Overthrow of the Corn Laws -- 25.-- Celebrating the Triumph of the League -- 26. The Monopolists' Retaliation -- 27. Mr. Bright's Private Life -- 28. State of Ireland -- 29. Land Taxation, etc. -- 30. Home Legislation -- 31. Peace and War -- 32. The Crimean War -- 33. Bright and Cobden Unseated -- 34. Member for Birmingham -- 35. Return to Active Life -- 36. The Commercial Treaty with France -- 37. The Civil War in America -- 38. Mr. Cobden's Closing Days -- 39. Parliamentary Reform -- 40. The Settlement of the Question of Parliamentary Reform -- 41. Mr. Bright a Cabinet Minister -- 42. The Conservative Policy -- 43. The Policy of the Conservative Government Condemned -- 44. The Liberals Again in Power -- 45. Wlthdraws From the Cabinet -- 46. A Noble Tribute to Bright -- 47. Mr. Bright's Oratory, etc. -- 48. Mr. Brights Course Upon Irish Legislation -- 49. Home Rule

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