Radicals attempt to introduce a secret ballot, more frequent elections and free trade in corn (90 words)
Historical Context Note
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 more frequent General Elections and the introduction of a secret ballot. They also put their support behind the anti-Corn Law movement, which called for the corn laws, which kept bread prices artificially high to benefit British agriculture, to be lifted.
Editors. "Radicals attempt to introduce a secret ballot, more frequent elections and free trade in corn". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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