The True Levellers Standard Advanced
Or, The State of Community opened, and Presented to the Sons of Men

Winstanley, Gerrard and the Diggers
Year Published:  1649
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX9139

Winstanley and 14 others published this pamphlet in which they called themselves the True Levellers to distinguish their ideas from the Levellers. Once they put their idea into practice and started to cultivate common land, they became known as "Diggers" by both opponents and supporters. The Diggers' beliefs were informed by Gerrard Winstanley's writings, which encompassed a worldview that envisioned an ecological interrelationship between humans and nature, acknowledging the inherent connections between people and their surroundings. Winstanley declared that "true freedom lies where a man receives his nourishment and preservation, and that is in the use of the earth".

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