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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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A reform poster from South Shields in County Durham, 31 August 1830
(Catalogue ref: HO 44/24)
HO 44/24; reform poster from South Shields, 1830

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What reasons are given by the people of South Shields to persuade Parliament to pass the reform bill?
  • What type of people supported the petition?
  • How do the petitioners try and show their goodwill to Parliament while making this request for reform?
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