Chartist poster, 1842

In May 1842 the Chartist movement presented Parliament with a second national petition (with over 3 million signatures) calling for political reforms. It was rejected, leading to unrest across the country. In the north, where mass unemployment was bringing great hardship, political and industrial grievances were combined - as can be seen from this poster directed at the working men of Stockport.
Catalogue reference: HO 45/242 (1842)

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