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Liverpool SectarianismThe Rise and Demise$
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Keith Daniel Roberts

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940100

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940100.001.0001

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The Diminishing Politics of Sectarianism: How Class Politics Displaced Identity Politics

The Diminishing Politics of Sectarianism: How Class Politics Displaced Identity Politics

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(p.141) 5 The Diminishing Politics of Sectarianism: How Class Politics Displaced Identity Politics
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Liverpool Sectarianism
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Keith Daniel Roberts

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940100.003.0006

Chapter five assesses the interplay between the religious and political divide. It asserts that to rival the Tory-Orange-Protestant caucus, the Liberals would also play on sectarianism to gain votes, often labelling themselves the ‘home rule’ party. The Protestant Party, Irish Nationalist Party, and Labour’s connection with Catholicism are also considered. The chapter describes how politicians on both sides used animosity for electoral success, and also demonstrates how Liverpool’s Labour Party became increasingly secular as the twentieth century progressed. The growth of more ‘normal’, class-based politics and the striving for better economic conditions (in difficult circumstances) became more powerful motivators than religion. This chapter explains how and why.

Keywords:   Liverpool, Labour, Liberal, Tory, Protestant Party, Irish Nationalist Party, Home Rule, Sectarianism, Politics, Religion

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