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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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Extracts from an article in The Preston Chronicle and Lancashire Advertiser, 13 August 1842, about trouble in Manchester and its surroundings
(Catalogue ref: HO 45/249A)
3a   3b   3c   3d        
3a   3b   3c   3d        
HO 45/249A; article on trouble around Manchester, 1842

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • 1. What is another word for a “turn-out”?
  • 2. What information suggests that the authorities expected trouble in Manchester and its surroundings?
  • 3. In section 3b, which workers joined together to demonstrate?
  • 4. What was the aim of the demonstration?
  • 5. In section 3c, what other workers were encouraged to join in?
  • 6. What is meant by the phrase “No one should work until they have their rights”?
  • 7. How was the mob dispersed?
  • 8. Do you think that there was a link between the demand for higher wages and the Chartist movement, or were they separate issues?
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