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The National Archive - Chartists


In 1838 the People's Charter (hence the name Chartists) was drafted, in which six demands were made, aimed at bringing political rights to working people. Chartists were found among artisans, shopkeepers and workers of all descriptions. Wages for many were low, with the burden of tax falling heavily on the working classes. The movement also had some middle-class support, particularly at the beginning.