In their brief prologue, the editors explain that the MFGB
survived the 1926 lockout, despite its defeat, and went on to engage in further militancy from the mid-1930s.
Stanton, the Aberdare miners' agent and, after 1912, a SWMF delegate to the MFGB
, on the other hand, had been the quintessential young man in a hurry, noted for his fiery and uncompromising approach.
Yet the subsequent eclipse of Mabon's authority, which had as much to do with the dilution of a distinctly Welsh culture that he represented by large-scale immigration into the increasingly industrialised Valleys, led, in the weeks following the end of the 1898 strike to the various local unions banding together to form the federation, which affiliated to the MFGB
a few months later.