chapter 29 - The Romantic Period 1785-1830 Whitechapel High...

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The Romantic Period 1785-1830 Whitechapel High Street, ca. 1894
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The Romantic Period Began in 1785, the year Blake and Burns published their first poems. Ended in 1830, by which time the major writers of the preceding century were either dead or no longer productive. It was a turbulent time period, when England changed from a primarily agricultural society to a modern industrial nation. Wealth and power shifted from the landholding aristo- cracy to large-scale employers, who found themselves against a large, restive working class.
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In response to the French Revolution, the English government prohibited public meetings, suspended habeas corpus (the release from unlawful restraint), and advocates of even moderate political change were charged with high treason. Yet economic and social changes created a desperate need for corresponding political changes, and new social classes were demanding a voice in government. Viaduct across the Great Northern Railway, 1851
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