Chartism

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  • Explain why the Chartists gained so much support
  • Account for the failure of the movement
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  • Chartism
    • Aim
      • Democratic Parliament
        • Achieved by the 6 point peoples charter
      • Political reform
        • First step to better society
    • When
      • 1839
      • 1842
        • Petition Presented to parliament (rejected)
          • 1839
      • 1848
        • Petition Presented to parliament (rejected)
          • Support dwindled
      • Who
        • Industrial Working Class
      • Why
        • Protesting against living and working conditions
        • Response  to economic depression
          • 1830s and 1840s
        • Working class disappointed with 1832 reform act
        • Reflected working class anger
          • at Poor Law Amendment act 1832
          • Collapse of Owen's Grand National Consolidated Trade Union
      • Local diversity
      • Loosely held together by:
        • Leaders
        • Organisation
        • Its press
      • Reason for its failure
        • Poor Leadership
          • Lovett
            • Differing faults
              • O'Connor
              • Attwood
          • Attwood
          • O'Connor
        • Divisions over tactics
          • Moral force V.S.   Physical force
        • Lack of       co-ordination
        • Improved economic conditions
        • Firm action by the government
        • Lack of middle class support
          • Disadvantage compared to ACLL
          • Six point charter unacceptable to MC
      • Achieved
        • Drew attention to WC grievances
        • Peels response
          • aim to make a cheap country for living
        • Higher degree  of organisation
          • Important step to effective WC movements

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