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Feargus O'Connor
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Feargus O'Connor Introduction
Born in 1976 in Ireland.
When Feargus O'Connor was twenty four he
inherited an estate in County Cork
Despite being a protestant he didn't believe in
tithes going to the church, which later he had
been arrested for.…read more

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Feargus O'Connor: Speeches and
the LWMA
O'Connor toured the country of England make in
speeches advocating:
Annual Parliaments and universal suffrage
The ballot, equal representation, and the abolition
of the property qualification
O'Connor messages were mainly favoured by the
working class, especially during the economic
In November 1836 he joined the London Working
Men's' Association (LWMA)
He then moved to Leeds where he established the
newspaper the "Northern Star" a chartist
newspaper which was a huge success in its peak in
1839 selling 36 copies a week.…read more

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O'Connor and Chartism
Despite being active within the chartist
movement, he seemed to be critical of leaders:
William Lovett and Henry Hetherington as they
advocated moral force.
O'Connor questioned the moral force strategy
often saying you should be willing to "lead people
to death or glory"
During a speech in Manchester he had set out a
date, the 29th of September, 1839 for a violent
action if Parliament didn't grant the six points of
the charter.
O'Connor's speeches that promoted violence had
gone against Lovett and Hetherington moral force
so much that he had been excluded from the…read more

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O'Connor and the East London
Democratic Association
Due to O'Connor not being able to take the
platform at the mass meeting led O'Connor to
form a new chartist organisation East London
Democratic Association (ELDA)
O'Connor's speeches and articles became
much more threatening and aggressive which
responded in the moral force chartists blaming
him for encouraging John frost ,a member of
the physical force of Chartism, and the
unsuccessful event we know as the Newport
rising on the 4th of November .…read more

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O'Connor During Prison
O'Connor was tried at York for publishing
seditious libels in the Northern star, in which
he was found guilty and sentenced for 18
months in prison
O'Connor continued to edit the newspaper in
prison and upset Chartist leaders as it was
noted that he had told his readers that in
"September 1835 to February 1839 I led you
single handed and alone.…read more

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