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Chartism

Chartism, Working Class Politics and Leadership

A talk at Head Office

Recorded: 
Sunday, 6 March 2016

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Book Review: 'The Chartists'

'The Chartists - Popular Politics in the Industrial Revolution', by Dorothy Thompson (Wildwood House Ltd., 1986, £6.95)

This is a paperback edition of a work first published in hardback in 1984. The reviews which appeared then made the point that this work represented the most comprehensive treatment to date of the Chartist movement. On the whole this view has considerable justification.

The First Mass Movement in History

The Chartists struggled for political democracy in nineteenth-century Britain, but did they need a revolutionary leadership” any more than we need one today?

The Chartist movement, which lasted from 1836 to the 1850s, has been described as the first mass workers movement in history. In some ways it was. Chartism was a movement composed mainly of the working class that demanded the enactment of the People’s Charter, which would grant the vote to working class men.

Bronterre O’Brien and Working Class Radicalism

Part of the series 'Socialist Thinkers: People Who History Made'

Islington Branch

Recorded: 
Sunday, 21 November 1982

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