Reform League poster, 1867

The Reform League was in effect a successor organisation to the Chartist movement. Founded in 1865, with the aim of securing 'manhood suffrage', it was mainly supported by skilled workers who felt they had earned the right to vote. Over 400 branches were formed, and regular mass meetings and demonstrations were held in London. The League was active in creating popular pressure leading to the Second Reform Act.
Catalogue reference: HO 45/7854/29, no. 68 (1867)

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