The Chartism Movement

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Chartism, a movement that culminatied in the Chartist movement in late 1830s which was highly influenced by the French Revolution of 1789, which led to the formation of radical ideas revolving around reform and inspired the emergence of Chartism. The need for political reform amongst the working class was thought to be achieved through the Charter. Divisions amongst Chartist did have significant impact and can be rightfully deemed as an underlying cause for the failure of Chartism. This view is given credence by many historians such as Edward Royle argue that the failure was due to the disaffection amongst leaders. This interpretation is based on the underlying conflict between moral force Chartist and physical force Chartist. But, arguably…show more content…
As a result, although the timing of the divisions present amongst Chartist movement may be a direct result of the failure of the movement, the more prevalent factor that is deeply rooted as the main cause of Chartism is the repression by the government that successfully prevented the Chartist movement from advancing further is by stationing troops successfully on all three occasions in which they occurred. Hence, restricted the Chartist movement succeeding any further and ultimately led to the decline of the Chartist movement after…show more content…
This was clear as members of the Chartism supported different points of the Charter, which arguably led of the failure of the movement by 1848. All the members supported the six points, however, some also wanted improved education, sobriety laws and working conditions. As, Mike Wells correctly points out that the ‘Charter […] reflected the aim of the self educated craftsmen of London rather than the mass of industrial workers of new factories’. Upon the release of key Chartist leaders such as William Lovett and John Collins, a ‘new direction’ emerged into the movement which was education. The importance of education was promoted in Lovett 's book, ‘Chartism; A New Organisation of the People’ where he proposed that a ‘national system of education for the working class [should] be financed independently of the state’. Hence, he devised a scheme with ‘schools, library and teacher training colleges’ in order to reduce the fears of the upper class and show that the working class they are essentially ready for the vote. But, due to the existing divisions amongst leaders O 'connor attacked these new moves because he did not associate with the moves that diverted attention away from petition which gathered large support arguably. Although educational Chartism captured something of an enlightenment, ‘it was an eddy which again moved away from the

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