Factory Acts of 1833

In 1833 government passed a Factory Act to improve conditions for children working in factories. Young children were working very long hours in workplaces where conditions were often terrible.

Reform Act of 1832

It was an act of parliament that introduced wide ranging changes to the electoral system of England and wales. According to its preamble, the act was designed to "take effectual measures for correcting divers abuses that have long prevailed in the choice of members to serve in the common house of parliament."

Chartist Movement

In the years 1839, 1842, and 1848 the chartist movement urged parliament to adopt three great petitions of these, the best known is the final petition with six million signatures (some were later found to be fake), presented to parliament on April 10th 1848 after a huge meeting on Kennington common. This event achieved great prominence in the story of Chartism, due largely to the reaction of the authorities as they faced the challenges of that turbulent year.

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