On the 21st of May, 1838, the Six Point People’s Charter was announced. The followers of this became known as ‘Chartists’ and their movement, ‘Chartism’. I’m hoping to complete a series of posts on each of the six points and their impact of the modern world.
The Six Point People’s Charter sought:
- Full male suffrage (the right to vote) for males over 21
- Pay for parliamentarians
- A secret ballot
- Removal of the requirement of land ownership to run for parliament
- Equal sized electorates
- Annual elections
But what relevance does this have on life for people? Maybe a better question would be what would happen if some parts of the charter hadn’t got through government. The world as we know it would have been quite different.