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Chartism has been described as 'the creed of the excluded'. Use the evidence of source F, G and H and the information in focus to comment on the aptness of this view.

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Chartism has been described as 'the creed of the excluded'. Use the evidence of source F, G and H and the information in focus 7.1 to comment on the aptness of this view. I feel that this description of Chartism, to an extent, is true. Although much of the evidence and sources available are likely to be distorted and biased because they are either being used to gain support for the movement or written by someone involved in the movement; also the statement could have been written sometime after the incident and simply remembered incorrectly. The chartist movement, I feel, mainly consisted of the working class who were in a great deal of poverty and needed assistance because they could not help themselves. Many of the working class families were starving, even if the breadwinner worked many hours and had a high income. ...read more.

Middle

Gammage and other historians stressed the political nature of the movement. They comment on how chartists wanted equal rights as the higher classes in the political sphere. Hovell believes that the reason that motivated chartist activity was the industrial revolution. This was due to the working class loosing there jobs and sinking into even deeper poverty and therefore causing a slump. Most of the poor felt that the aim of the poor law was to punish those in poverty when instead it was actually supposed to help. The working class at this time had no voice in the political sphere and even though they paid the tax, they had no say on how it was spent. They realised that they needed help from higher classes to get these issues noticed. Source G supports this by suggesting that the middle classes immediately depended on the labour which the working class did and that some of the employers were willing to help their workers. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is when they felt the need to act. Although the chartist movement was mainly supported by the working class, there were still humane employers in the higher classes that supported the cause, for example, as I stated earlier, Robert Owen. Some historians say that the working class only wanted to be equal with the middle class but source H suggests that the chartists did not want to 'level' they just wanted the necessities to live. This source was written by a chartist and states how the chartists thought that they paid taxes to fund the government yet they had no say on how it was spent and how the middle class took advantage of them. So as a conclusion I feel that the Chartism movement can be described as the 'creed of the excluded' because although there were some strong supporters for the cause, it was those that wanted improvements that were the main group of supporters. Natalie Simmons 14/12/02 ...read more.

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