1788 - 1875
The 19th Century
John Wade (1788-1875) was a member of the English radicals which formed around Francis Place and Jeremy Bentham in the early 19th century. He agitated for electoral reform in order to allow the working class to vote and as part of his campaign he documented in great detail the corruption, monopolies, and state benefits which the aristocracy, the military, the clergy, and others enjoyed from the state. His book The Extraordinary Black Book, or Corruption Unmasked sold over 50,000 copies in many editions.