Talk: Six Points Towards Freedom: the Chartist movement
The Chartist movement of the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s was one of the most spectacular and extensive mobilisations of popular politics in British history.
Chris Williams, Professor of History and Head of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University will highlight how the demand for universal male suffrage captured the imagination of working people across the British Isles. That time saw extensive petitioning, electioneering and recourse to the gathering of arms in an attempt to pressurise the governing classes into conceding democratic rights.
Chartism harnessed the creative energies of its supporters, for whom it could become a way of life with Chartist churches, social clubs, temperance organisations, educational networks and the Chartist Land Plan. Although it failed to achieve any of the Six Points of the People's Charter in its own lifetime, Chartism set an aspirational agenda for future generations, Professor Williams will show how the debates it prompted remain critically relevant today.
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