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Essentials | Life stories | Lists of names | Conferences | Petitions | Land plan | Riots and risings | Crime and punishment | Localities | International | Organisations | Newspapers | Historians | Miscellany

ESSENTIALS
The six points of the Charter
Chartist petitions in full
Chartist timeline
Frequently asked questions

Chartist Ancestors Databank – details of more than 14,000 Chartists in a single Excel spreadsheet.

WHO WERE THE CHARTISTS?
Life stories
John Arnott – NCA general secretary.
Thomas Attwood – leader of the Birmingham Political Union.
Bartlomiej Beniowski – Emigre military adviser to Chartism.
George Binns – Sunderland Chartist and radical bookseller.
Peter Bussey – Bradford Chartist who fled to America.
Samuel Carter – Chartist MP for Tavistock.
Anthony Cavalier – Sheffield Chartist and town councillor.
William Henry Chadwick – Manchester Chartist.
Henry Clubb – Colchester Chartist, vegetarian and utopian.
Thomas Slingsby Duncombe – Chartist MP for Finsbury.
Matthew Fletcher – Bury’s delegate to the first convention.
John Frost – Newport Chartism’s rebel leader.
James Grassby – backroom organiser of the Chartist movement.
Henry Hetherington – radical publisher and London Chartist.
Susanna Inge – secretary of the City of London female Chartists.
Robert Knox – County Durham’s delegate to the first convention.
Thomas Livsey – Rochdale Chartist and chair of the final convention.
William Lovett – author of the People’s Charter.
Robert Lowery – trade unionist and Newcastle’s delegate to the first convention
Benjamin Lucraft – a Victorian radical.
Peter Murray McDouall – Chartist activist, exiled and imprisoned.
Helen Macfarlane – first translator of the Communist Manifesto.
Thomas Clutton Salt – of the Birmingham Political Union.
William Villiers Sankey – Edinburgh delegate to the first convention.
Edmund Stallwood – long-serving radical activist and journalist.
John Skevington – prominent Leicestershire Chartist.
Thomas Rayner Smart – “Veteran Patriot” and delegate to the first convention.
Mary Ann Walker – City of London Chartist lecturer

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Lists of names
Chartist executives, 1840-58 – the NCA’s elected leadership.
Chase’s index – names from Chartism: A New History.
Frost defence fund – 1,532 contributors to the cause.
Gammage’s index – from the first history of Chartism.
Red Republican subscribers – supporters of the paper.
Friend of the People supporters – supporters of the paper.
Chartist children – 1,643 children named after Chartist leaders.
General Strike 1842 – delegates and activists.
Trafalgar Square rioters, 1848 – all those arrested.
Ingraham and the Smyrna Incident, 1853 – 450 subscribers to a post-Chartist cause backed by prominent Chartists.
Chartist Women in Scotland – names and places.
Where are they now? last resting places of the Chartists.
Obits and pieces

WHAT DID THEY DO?
Conferences and conventions
The first convention, 1839 – from petition to “ulterior measures”.
Great meeting of Scottish delegates, 1839 – Glasgow conference.
West Riding delegate meeting, 1839 – preparing the ground locally.
Manchester conference, 1840 – founding the NCA
Meeting of Manchester trades, 1842 – Corn law repealers defeated
Scottish convention, 1842
London convention, 1842 preparing to present the second petition.
The “unity” conference, 1842 – a final break with the middle class.
Birmingham conference, 1843 – the land, and a full-time executive.
Labour Parliament, 1845
Leeds convention, 1846 – gearing up for a general election.
Land company conference, 1847 – meeting at Lowbands.
London convention and assembly, 1848
London convention, 1851 – the NCA turns to the left.
Labour Parliament, 1854 – last chance of a revival.

Petitions
Chartist petitions in full
First Chartist petition, 1839
Chartism’s forgotten petition, 1841
Second Chartist petition, 1842
Third Chartist petition, 1848
Fourth Chartist petition, 1849
Fifth Chartist petition, 1851

The land plan
Chartist land plan – the story behind the plan.
Chartist Land Company officials, 1849
Chartist colonies after Chartism

Riots, risings, rebellions and monster meetings
Trafalgar Square riots, 1848
Monster meeting on Kennington Common, 10 April 1848
Ashton-under-Lyne rising, 1848
Orange Tree conspiracy, 1848 – plans for a rising thwarted.

Crime and punishment
Policing the Chartists – the Metropolitan Police head north.
Victims of political persecution 1840 – Names from the Southern Star.
Chartist prisoners, 1839-1840 – Prison inspectors’ report to Parliament.
Chartist prisoners, 1841 – interviews from prison records.
Trial of Feargus O’Connor and 58 others, 1843
Chartists arrested in 1848
William Cuffay on trial, 1848
William Dowling on trial, 1848

Funerals and memorials
The tragic death and magnificent funeral of Feargus O’Connor
Ernest Jones’ funeral – the last Chartist rally
The simple and secular funeral of William Lovett

WHERE DID THEY DO IT?
In the localities
Ashton under Lyne
Black Country
Cornwall
Leeds
Manchester
Middlesbrough
Scotland
Sheffield
Tordmorden
Rochdale
Stockton on Tees, Thornaby and Hartlepool

International
Chartists in America – 76 Chartists who emigrated or visited the US.
Chartists transported to Australia – more than 100 names.
Chartists in Australia – their part in the Eureka rebellion.
Ingraham and the Smyrna Incident, 1853 – Rallying for democracy.

THE INSTITUTIONS OF CHARTISM
Organisations
National Charter Association – Chartism’s key membership body.
NCA national executives 1840-1858 -the Chartist leadership.
NCA National Central Registration and Elections Committee.
London Working Men’s Association – originators of the Charter.
East London Democratic Association – Chartism’s early radicals.
Women’s Chartist associations – leaders named.
City of London Female Chartists – asserting women’s political rights.
People’s Charter Union and the Cause of the People.
Complete Suffrage Union – Joseph Sturge and middle class reform.
National Charter League – repudiating the socialism of the NCA.
Metropolitan Parliamentary Reform Association – for moderate reform.
55 Old Bailey – the City of London Charter Association hall.
Knowledge Chartists – William Lovett and the New Move.
Teetotal Chartists – a sober people.
Christian Chartists – doing God’s work with the devil’s tools.
Anti Corn Law League – ally or bitter enemy?

Newspapers
Northern Star – the paper that made Chartism.
Northern Star in numbers – who and what did it write about.
Southern Star – Bronterre O’Brien’s brief-lived newspaper.
The Charter – mouthpiece of the London Chartists.
Chartist Circular
English Chartist Circular
Red Republican – later Chartism’s left-wing voice.
Friend of the People – successor to the Red Republican.

Interviews with Chartist historians
Stephen Roberts on Dorothy Thompson and The Dignity of Chartism.
Katrina Navickas on Protest and the Politics of Space and Place.
Paul Pickering on Feargus O’Connor.
Richard Brown on Three Rebellions.