organisations and newspapers

Chartism wasn’t just a single organisation. Rather, it was made up of many different, often rival, bodies, some short-lived and others that endured throughout the Chartist period.

Typically these groups represented different perspectives within the Chartist movement, or had coalesced around different individuals, and the newspapers they published gave a platform to their ideas about Chartism.

Like every political movement before or since, Chartism contained a variety of views, and the organisations that embodied them often disagreed with each other, sometimes bitterly so.