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Did Chartism fail because lower class unrest was basically a knife and fork question?

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'Did Chartism fail because lower class unrest was basically a 'knife and fork' question?' There was no clear main aim for the chartist movement and their the ideas were at the time considered too radical. It was the general consensus that many of the six points were too radical and extreme for the time. There were many debates over whether the movement was political or economical which tore the party and created divisions within the ranks thus leading in part to the demise of chartism. There were many changes which consisted mainly of change to the Trade Unions, The New Poor Law and the Factory Reform which were offered as short term solutions by peel. Now by placing the remaining factors in an order of the least to the most convincing factors leading to failure I will be able to come to an educated conclusion on whether it was just due only to the lower class unrest and wether or not there was an element of the knife and fork question. ...read more.


Such petitions scared the government. This would have had some standing in the failure of the Chartists this combined with the stubbiness of the government. It also seems that the government weren't even prepared to listen to them, as they had their own reform ideas, felt they didn't need the Chartist movement to help them which showed further levels of lacking co-operation. Another contributing factor is the lack of unified leadership and with o sense of direction the chartist are left proceeding in an unknown direction. The next idea can be tied in with this as it is the lack of unified ideas. The Chartists was a compromised mix of both working and middle classes and ideas. This in turn created two very different Chartist movements one of moral concept and one of physical belief they also had contrasting ideas on tactics and the route which would offer the greatest success. The moral side of Chartism believed that situations could be solved peacefully through the use of education and petitions fro example. ...read more.


Resultantly many were halfhearted in their efforts and dedication to the party which showed a lack of commitment to the movement which is why the government failed to also support it. It is clear that many factors were connected to the decimation of the chartist movement with the inclusion of the lack of support from the working class combined with other factors. The kay reason for failure within the movement was that the movement was joined together with one belief which parallels can be drawn to other factors such as the leaders not being unified and varying right through to the lack of support. If the act had been less divided in its views they may have held the key to greater success and received more signatures on the petitions thus gaining more support from a variety of people which would have given the Chartism a more positive outlook. In turn it failed to o so and resultantly died on its feet through a lack of unification. ...read more.

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