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Chartism was a working class movement from 1839 to 1848. wanted sweeping changes to the political system of Britain and above all it wanted it Six Points (The Charter) introduced:
The 6 Points of the Charter
The leaders of the Chartists were a mixed group. There were the head strong like Feargus O'Connor and John Frost who wanted to use to get Parliament to accept the . Others like William Lovett wanted to use more peaceful methods to persuade Parliament to accept change.
This mixture of persuasion and the use of force did not make for strong in the Chartists. No one knew for sure which direction to take.
One of the methods used by the Chartists to persuade was the collection of petitions. The theory was that Parliament would be impressed with the number of people who supported the Chartists and would push through change.
Petitions were collected in 1839, 1842 and 1848. The last petition had 5 signatures on it but it was a farce. Many of the signatures were ...........Queen Victoria's signature was on the last petition !! The Chartists movement collapsed.
Ironically, five of the Chartists were eventually passed by Parliament. Only the demand for an Parliament has never become law as it is believed that a government needs more than a year to show how it has improved society - the same being true for MP's - they need more than a year to prove that they are doing well for the people they represent.