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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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Handbill issued by the weavers and townspeople of Royton in May 1808, after Parliament rejected a bill to guarantee the weavers a minimum wage
(Catalogue ref: HO 42/95 f.375)
HO 42/95 ; handbill issued by the people of Royton, 1808

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • The Napoleonic War lasted from 1802-1812. Why do the weavers and the people of Royton believe that their hardships are caused by the war?
  • How do they feel that they have been portrayed?
  • What is the attitude of the weavers to the grievances of other workers?
  • Why do they hope to go forward in a “constitutional manner”?
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