The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century.
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Nearly all of the content of this site has been redeveloped to create a series of lessons called ‘Political and social reform in 19th century Britain’:
Political and social reform in 19th century Britain
- Why was radical writer Thomas Paine significant?
- How did the government respond to a mass protest at ‘Peterloo’ in 1819?
- What caused the ‘Swing Riots’ in the 1830s?
- What caused the 1832 Great Reform Act?
- What was Chartism?
- What was the significance of the Match Girls’ Strike in 1888?
- What methods did the Suffragettes use to gain the vote?
You can also find more content on this topic in our other resources:
- Protest and Democracy 1816 to 1818, part 1
Was this the start of mass politics in Britain?
- Protest and democracy 1818 to 1820, part 2
How close was Britain to revolution?
- Georgian Britain
Age of modernity?