This book considers the ways in which working people in the nineteenth century sought justice through the Chartist movement. Richard Brown poses fundamental questions about the movement and considers them through the interpretations of both contemporary and later historians. Central themes and episodes covered include a study of the emergence of Chartism, the Chartists and their leaders and an account of the three phases of Chartism from 1836 to 1848.
Introduction: Chartism - a question of interpretation; 1. The emergence of Chartism; 2. Who were the Chartists?; 3. The Chartist Leadership; 4. Chartism:phase 1, 1836-40; 5. Chartism: phase 2, 1840-42; 6. Chartism: phase 3,1843-48; 7. 'The Charter and something more'.