A UK parliamentary reform movement of 1837–48, the principles of which were set out in a manifesto called The People’s Charter.
- Nineteenth-century popular movements for parliamentary reform such as Chartism turned to Magna Carta for support.
- Paine's reputation began to revive in the next great revolutionary upsurge - at the time of the American Civil War - and he was one of the political mentors of Chartism.
- Luddism, anti-corn law agitation, the anti-poor law movement, strikes and most of all Chartism demonstrated that Britain was not an island of social peace.
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- Unusually for a parliamentarian, his roots are sunk deep in the historical soil of extra-parliamentary rebellion, from the Chartists and the Tolpuddle Martyrs, to the Suffragettes and the anti-poll tax protesters.
- The Chartists collected 250,000 signatures supporting their demands and, in 1839, presented a petition to the House of Commons which was rejected by 235 votes to 46.
- The red flag fluttered over Sheffield town hall on May Day, a reminder of the city's radical past dating back to the Chartists.
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