Chart"ism (?), n. [F. charte
charter. Cf. Charte, Chart.] The principles of
a political party in England (1838-48), which contended for
universal suffrage, the vote by ballot, annual parliaments, equal
electoral districts, and other radical reforms, as set forth in a
document called the People's Charter.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Chartism, a movement of the working-classes of Great Britain for
greater political power than was conceded to them by the Reform Bill of
1832, and which found expression in a document called the "People's
Charter," drawn up in 1838, embracing six "points," as they were called,
viz., Manhood Suffrage, Equal Electoral Districts, Vote by Ballot, Annual
Parliaments, Abolition of a Property Qualification in the Parliamentary
Representation, and Payment of Members of Parliament, all which took the
form of a petition presented to the House of Commons in 1839, and signed
by 1,380,000 persons. The refusal of the petition gave rise to great
agitation over the country, which gradually died out in 1848.
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