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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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Extracts from the handbook of the People's Charter Union, 17 April 1848
(Catalogue ref: HO 45/2410A, part 4, f. 5)
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HO 45/2410A pt4; extract from handbook of the People's Charter Union, 1848

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • The People's Charter was made up of six main demands. They are printed in block capitals in the first paragraph of this source. What are the six points?
  • Which of the six points is not part of Britain’s political system today? Can you explain why not?
  • What arguments were used by those opposed to giving the vote to every man over 21?
  • How did the Chartists counter those arguments?
  • By what means did the Chartists intend to bring about change?
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