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James Ramsay MacDonald

Low Born Among the High Brows


Ann L. Ward

This biography of Britain's first Labour prime minister, James Ramsay MacDonald (1866-1937), draws widely from new material in the MacDonald Papers, interviews, government documents, and private papers of political contemporaries and family members. Credited with creating a national and parliamentary Labour Party that formed two governments, MacDonald was expelled from the party when he agreed to form a National Government in 1931. The author presents a critical and often provocative analysis of the life of an illegitimate child born in humble circumstances who rose to become prime minister in 1924 and 1929-1935.
Contents: MacDonald, James Ramsay (1866-1937) - British prime minister (1924, 1929-35) - biography - Labour Party history - politics - 20th Century Britain.