Account for the Failures of the Chartist Movement

The petition was rejected (Harry Browne 1999).

Following the rejection of the petition for reform, the chartist movement became disoriented and during this time a number of violent demonstrations took place. The worst of these was at Newport in November 1839, where a demonstration was fired upon by troops and 24 chartist members were killed. The leader of the protest, John Frost, was transported. Chartist leaders, including Feargus O'Connor and Bronterre O'Brien were also arrested and sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment (Taylor 1988).

The chartists petitioned the government again, in 1842 and later in 1848. Both attempts were unsuccessful even though the 1842 petition contained 3,315,752 signatures and the later petition contained 5,700,000 signatures. The petition of 1848 was laughed out of Parliament when they found that only 1,975,496 signatures were genuine. Among the fictitious names were the names of the Queen and the Prime Minister (Taylor 1988).

During this time Feargus O'Connor also created "The Chartist Co-Operative Land CompanyaE which worked on the basis that money collected from c


 
 
 
 
 
 



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