The Northern Star was by some distance the most important of all the Chartist newspapers, and for family historians it is the single most significant primary research resource now available online. Continue reading Northern Star – the paper that made Chartism
After the best part of a year collecting signatures for their first great petition, the Chartists met to prepare its submission to Parliament. Continue reading First Chartist Convention, 1839
First translator of the Communist Manifesto. Continue reading Helen Macfarlane, 1818-1860
This page provides a statistical breakdown of some of the main themes and individuals reported by the Northern Star between 1838 and 1852. Continue reading Northern Star in numbers
Much of the Chartist leadership found itself on trial after the events of the summer of 1842. This page sets out the charges of the Monster Indictment in full, listing the names of the defendants and the verdicts against them. Continue reading Trial of Feargus O’Connor and 58 others, 1843
The list on this page has been put together from a variety of published sources in an attempt to record the contribution of all those who served on the executive of the National Charter Association at one time or another. It concludes with a report of the final conference of the NCA in 1858.
Continue reading National Charter Association executives, 1840-58
This page lists the last resting places of Chartists great and small. Sadly, few of their memorials now remain. Continue reading Where are they now?
Left turn: the socialist programme of the London convention, 1851
Thirty delegates assembled at the Parthenium Rooms, St Martin’s Lane, London, on 31 March 1851 for what was to prove a turning point in the movement’s later history. Continue reading London convention 1851
This page recounts the story of George Julian Harney’s short-lived Friend of the People, and reproduces some interesting snippets from its pages. It sets out Harney’s plan to relaunch the paper and lists the members of its general committee. Continue reading Friend of the People