This page lists the names recorded by the Southern Star newspaper in 1840 of 196 “victims of political persecution” and their treatment by the courts. Continue reading Victims of political persecution 1840
This page explores the story of The Charter, a newspaper launched by London Chartists in 1839 which survived for 60 issues before financial problems and political disagreements destroyed it. Continue reading The Charter: a voice for London’s Chartists
This page looks at the use of the Metropolitan Police to manage the threat of Chartism outside the capital. It includes the memoirs of one officer despatched to arrest Joseph Rayner Stephens and names 60 officers sent to Birmingham in 1838 to deal with rioting.
Chartism may take its name from the document drawn up for the London Working Men’s Association by William Lovett, but by late 1839 it drew the bulk of its support from the industrial workers of the North of England whose principal complaints were about wage cuts and the brutal New Poor Law workhouse system, and who took their lead from Feargus O’Connor and his Northern Star newspaper. Continue reading Knowledge Chartism: William Lovett and the New Move