The Causes Of The 1832 Reform Act

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The 1832 Reform Act, or Great Reform Act, was passed to increase voting rights, to provide correct representation in the House of Commons of the British Parliament, and to dispel the fear of revolution. Leading up to the 19th century, not many people had the right to vote, and many people believed that it was time that all men deserved the right to vote. This belief led to the publics call for parliamentary reform. Voting rights wasn’t the only existing problem at the time, because the industrial revolution had changed the distribution of the population, where more people started to gather in the cities, causing rapid growth in industrial cities. This caused a problem for Parliament, because before the Industrial revolution people were generally evenly spread across the country. Yet, the rapid population growth in these cities had led to misrepresentation in parliament. Despite voting rights, and misrepresentation being serious issues, the fear of revolution is truly what forced parliaments hand. As a result of the French Revolution, the British government feared public unrest could lead to a revolution of their own. In the end, the 1832 Reform Act was eventually passed in the interests of British Parliament, and the existing voters, who all maintained power as a result. This is because, in its final shape, the Reform Act of 1832 didn’t accomplish all that it set out to do. The passing of this act had increased the voting pool from around 478,000 to over 800,000, which was
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