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The Tea-Cup Revolutionary
Music: John Field
Josiah Wedgwood, a village potter whose disability meant he could not use a potter’s wheel, brought about a quiet revolution in English society.

A NASTY bout of smallpox when he was eleven left Josiah Wedgwood so lame that he could not work the pedal of a potter’s wheel.

But pottery was all he knew, so in 1759 he turned from manufacture to innovation, employing others for design and production, and burying himself in the chemistry of his trade.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Revolution. Revolt.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Manufacture. Trade. Order.

Use together in one sentence: Ceramics. Revolution. Wages.

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Sir Titus Salt
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
His alpaca-wool mills near Bradford proved the social benefits of private enterprise in the right hands.

ON a trip to Liverpool, shortly after taking over his father’s wool business in 1833, Titus Salt stumbled across some bales of alpaca-wool, then little-known in England. His father forbade him to buy them, but he did, and by 1850 his business had outgrown its Bradford premises.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Notorious. Famous.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Father. See. Hope.

Use together in one sentence: Employees. Operation. Birthday.

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Richard Arkwright
Arkwright invented the factory, without which modern life would be impossible.

SIR Richard Arkwright was a leading figure in the industrial revolution of the 18th century, whose textile machines and mills established the basis of the factory system.

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Fashionable Freedom
Music: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Josiah Wedgwood’s promotional gift made Abolitionism fashionable.

NOR was the philanthropy of the late Mr. Wedgwood less instrumental in turning the popular feeling in our favour. He took the seal of the committee for his model, and produced a beautiful cameo.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Fewer. Less.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Pin. Model. Taste.

Use together in one sentence: Seal. Honourable. General.

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