Monday, 23 November 2015

John Frost and a lifelong commitment to the Chartism of 1839

John Frost was the first of the Chartist martyrs. As leader of the Newport rising of 1839, he was arrested, convicted and sentenced to a traitors death before wiser counsel saw him reprieved and banished instead to penal servitude in Tasmania.

But what happened to Frost and to the other leaders of the abortive attempt to seize the town after their arrest, and what did Frost have to say of his experience when he finally returned to his homeland in 1856?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Was your ancestor a Manchester Chartist?

Manchester was a hotbed of the Chartist movement, so it comes as no surprise to discover that hundreds signed up to support the Chartist land plan.

Thanks to the hard work of Dr Katrina Navickas, Chartist Ancestors can now name 644 men and women who subscribed a few hard-earned shillings towards shares in the Chartist Land Company, hoping that they might be allocated a cottage and smallholding to farm.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Samuel Carter: the forgotten Chartist MP

Samuel Carter may not have been the best known Chartist activist, and his name is entirely absent from the pages of the Northern Star. But for a brief period he was one of the few Chartists to become a Member of Parliament.

Read more about Samuel Carter here.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

When did the six points of the People's Charter become law?

The six points of the People’s Charter are among the best known political demands in history.

Between them they represent a coherent package of reforms that would have transformed the UK into an advanced parliamentary democracy.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

67 Chartists who contested parliamentary elections

No political movement has gathered so much popular support and found so little voice in Parliament as Chartism.

The Chartist movement’s most reliable long-term advocate at Westminster was Thomas Slingsby Duncombe. And, for a few scant years from 1847 until 1852, Feargus O’Connor, owner of the Northern Star and Chartism’s central figure, served alongside him as MP for Nottingham.