Chartism was a predominantly working-class movement which campaigned for political reform in Britain from 1838 until the mid-1850s. In particular, the 'People's Charter' contained six demands intended to make the British political system more democratic; these demands were:
A vote for every man over the age of 21;
A secret ballot;
No property qualification for members of Parliament;
Payment for MPs (so poor men could serve);
Constituencies of equal size;
Annual elections for Parliament.
Today five of the six points are accepted as fundamental to the operation of a democratic system. Only the sixth point, annual parliaments, has yet to be conceded.
The Chartist movement...
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