Out of the depressed economic state and terrible living conditions of the manufacturing towns of the north of England, a radical movement developed that demanded reforms to extend political rights to working-class men. In the 'People's Charter' they drew up, which gave them their name of Chartists, they called for universal manhood suffrage, more frequent General Elections, and the introduction of a secret ballot. In 1839, they put together a petition, which was signed by over 1.28 million people, making it the largest ever petition at the time, and was almost three miles long. It was processed through London on a carriage, and delivered to Parliament on 14 June. It was presented in the House of Commons by MP Thomas Attwood, but it was r…
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Editors. "First Chartist Petition rejected". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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