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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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Extract from a poster produced in Dorking, Surrey, in December 1830
(Catalogue ref: HO 52/10 f.285)
HO 52/10; poster produced in Dorking, Surrey, 1830

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • Do you think this poster was produced by the magistrates or by the labourers?
  • Who is blamed for the disturbances?
  • What reasons does this poster give to explain why ordinary labourers became involved in the disturbances?
  • Who is the intended audience of this poster and what is its purpose?
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