16.3-ChartismDBQ - 16.3 Chartism DBQ The American Revolution although the entire way across the Atlantic set the tone for nineteenth century Europe by

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16.3 - Chartism DBQ The American Revolution, although the entire way across the Atlantic, set the tone for nineteenth century Europe by way of making change and revolution normal commotion. By and by, new waves of groups would attempt to revolutionize their lives by provoking social or political change. One of these major movements was that of Chartism. Chartism was a movement whose ostensible purpose was the passage of a six-point political program known as the “People’s Charter” which petitioned the British government to grant thousands of working-class people social and political rights. However, with this petition coming right after the Napoleonic Wars, the Chartist objective became skewed. Historians have debated for centuries whether the Chartist movement was revolutionary, and those in support were willing to use violence to radicalize the political system of Great Britain, or non-partisan, with those in support having little to no desire to alter the political and social structure of Great Britain, but rather just receive the social and political rights petitioned for in the People’s Charter. To begin, much like any movement, a group of people were just trying to bring about change for the working-class peacefully. This simple change is exemplified in Document 1 from the Minutes of the London Working Men’s Association; the LWMA is holding a meeting about the principles of Universal Suffrage, Annual Parliaments, the Ballot, and all other political rights. The LWMA is focused primarily on a moderate and non-revolutionary solution because the minutes call for support of the “just representation of the people of Great Britain in the Commons House of Parliament.” This indicates that the LWMA is in support of

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