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People's Charter

noun
1.
See under Chartism.

Chartism

[chahr-tiz-uh m] /ˈtʃɑr tɪz əm/
noun
1.
the principles or movement of a party of political reformers, chiefly workingmen, in England from 1838 to 1848: so called from the document (People's Charter or National Charter) that contained a statement of their principles and demands.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; chart charter (now obsolete) + -ism; replacing Charterism; see charter
Related forms
Chartist, noun, adjective
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Chartism

/ˈtʃɑːˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
(British history) the principles of the reform movement in Britain from 1838 to 1848, which included manhood suffrage, payment of Members of Parliament, equal electoral districts, annual parliaments, voting by ballot, and the abolition of property qualifications for MPs
Derived Forms
Chartist, noun, adjective
Word Origin
named after the People's Charter, a document which stated their aims
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Word Origin and History for People's Charter

Chartism

n.

1839 in English political history, in reference to the reform party active 1836-48, from "The People's Charter," which contained their principles. Related: Chartist (1838).

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