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p. 356. Coping with Reformlocked

  • Christopher Harvie
  •  and H. C. G. Matthew


‘Coping with Reform’ looks at the further reforms and continued pressures for reform after 1832. The act of 1832 was limited in scope, and was followed by the philosophically radical Poor Law Amendment Act. The trade union movement reached its peak in 1834, attempting to challenge the capitalist system with a general strike. Government repression and lack of coordination meant the movement came to an end without significant impact. Industrial interests successfully lobbied for the repeal of the Corn Law, to reduce bread prices and drive demand. Chartism represented a working-class democratic reform movement, seeking political representation but its petitions foundered in the face of economic boom and government repression.

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