British Democrats

The British Democrats (or the British Jacobins) were reformers and revolutionaries of the late eighteenth century who were inspired by the American and French revolutions.


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Gerrard Winstanley et al., The True Levellers Standard Advanced, 1649
In 1649 Gerrard Winstanley and fourteen others published The True Levellers Standard Advanced, a pamphlet in which they called themselves the “True Levellers” to distinguish their ideas from those of the Levellers. The Diggers, as they came to be known, occupied public lands that had been privatised by enclosures and dug them over, pulling down hedges and filling in ditches, to plant crops.


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