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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1889. Not illustrated. Excerpt:... CAUSES LEADING TO THE REVOLT. 283 Like all other prominent persons without the prestigeof high rank to build from, Spartaous rose by his own genius. He arose amongst his fellow slaves in the year 74 before Christ. This was precisely the time corresponding with the movement of the Roman Senate to suppress the right of organization " and serves as additional evidence that the suppression of organization among working people was followed by a great struggle. The first appearance of Spartacus appears to have been sixteen years before the law was passed suppressing the ancient right of organization.15 It seems evident, that threats against the Jus coeundi, or law permitting free organization, were, at the time Spartacus makes his appearance, being pushed, with great fury by the nobility, on the slim pretext that they were corrupting the politics as well as the general morals of Rome." But we know from the accounts of the Graochi that a furious dissention was all along, raging against the unions and in favor of the suppression of the law engraved upon the Twelve Tables which permitted free organization and the fierce hatred of the patrician minority of the Roman people, who were assuming and monopolizing the public lands contrary to the Lioinian law--a dead letter--had by no means died out." The fact is, that although this great social feud had not cropped out in the time of the appearance of Spartacus so as to be much mentioned in any record of the time, yet "See account of this suppression together with the efforts of Clodlus and Cicero for and against it. in chapter xiii. Trade Uniont. l* Mommsen, De Collegiiu tt SodaliciU Romanorum, p. 73. De leaibut contra eolltga latis.*' Usque ad finem sseculi septimi liberum jus coeundi mansit."' The year Ab Urbe Condita 700...

    A History of the Ancient Working People (Volume 1) by Ward, Cyrenus Osborne [Paperback]

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