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Illustrations of a meeting of Chartists on Kennington Common, 1848
(Catalogue ref: ZPER 34/12, Illustrated London News, 15 April 1848)
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ZPER 34/12; illustration of Chartist procession, 1848

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • How does this source suggest that this was a peaceful meeting?
  • What impression do you get about the size of the crowd?
  • What type of people attended the meeting?
  • What are advantages and disadvantages of using this type of visual evidence for historians?
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