The National Archives
Power, Politics & Protest
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Extracts from the handbook of the People's Charter Union, 17 April 1848
(Catalogue ref: HO 45/2410A, part 4, f. 5)
The People's Charter was made up of six main demands. They are printed in block capitals in the first paragraph of this source. What are the six points?
Which of the six points is not part of Britain’s political system today? Can you explain why not?
What arguments were used by those opposed to giving the vote to every man over 21?
How did the Chartists counter those arguments?
By what means did the Chartists intend to bring about change?