Friday, 25 March 2016

What was Chartism? | History Extra

What was Chartism? | History Extra

Illustration from the Chartist demonstration on Kennington Common  in 1848. (The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images) 
... By far the most impressive, however, was the movement’s final petition, of 1848, which boasted almost 6 million signatures, although many of these were later found to be fake or duplicated. The presentation of the last petition followed a huge public meeting of perhaps 25,000 people, held at Kennington Common in South London on 10 April. ...
An early photograph of the huge numbers in Kennington Common in 1848. (William Edward Kilburn/Royal Collection)

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