Thursday, 2 February 2017

A shared view of the Chartists: L'Illustration and the Illustrated London News

It is interesting to note that the great Chartist rally of 10 April 1848 made news across Europe at a time when many European radicals had other things on their mind. This was, after all, the Year of Revolutions, during which, it has rather unfairly been suggested, other countries overthrew their monarchs and proclaimed constitutions while in Britain we organised a petition.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

The Chartist who crossed the road and his father the special constable: one family's radical heritage

Chartists must have travelled long distances on the morning of 10 April 1848 to take part in the Monster Meeting on Kennington Common that was to precede the presentation to Parliament of the third great petition for the Charter.

But for Henry William Street, it was just a matter of crossing the road on which he lived to join the throng.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Charles James Napier: Chartist general? Book review

The Chartist General: Charles James Napier, the Conquest of Sind, and Imperial Liberalism by Edward Beasley (Routledge 2016)

I picked this book up somewhat doubting the central claim of its title. Was the army commander charged with containing the Chartist threat in the North of England in 1839-40 himself sufficiently sympathetic to the cause to be considered a Chartist?

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Lesser known Chartists: six of the best life stories

Chartism attracted some fascinating characters – and even more fairly ordinary people who found themselves caught up in fascinating events.

Over the past couple of years, I have been able to add a number of individual life stories to Chartist Ancestors that have particularly captured my imagination. Typically, these are not among the best known of the Chartist leaders, whose life stories are reasonably well known. Rather, they are ordinary men and women who through willpower or circumstances have found themselves playing leading parts in historic events – occasionally in ways which would strain credibility if they appeared in fiction.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Chartist Ancestors calendar 2017 - free to download

If you are looking for a 2017 calendar, then look no further. You can now download the Chartists Ancestors calendar by clicking the link below.

Set out at one month to page in landscape A4 format, the calendar runs from January to December and includes a different picture each month.

You can download it in two formats – either as an easy-to-print PDF or in PowerPoint 2016 if you want to add notes and entries of your own.

Almost all the pictures are taken either from the Chartist Ancestors blog or from Chartist Ancestors proper, and you will usually be able to find out a bit more information by browsing the sites.

I hope you enjoy and are able to use the calendar. Please do share it (or at least a link to this page) with as many people as you think might be interested.

Chartist Ancestors calendar PDF
Chartist Ancestors calendar PowerPoint 2016

(If you were looking for the Chartist Ancestors 2016-2017 academic year calendar, it's here.)