Political effects of the Industrial Revolution

By: Phillip Wolfe

Factories back then had bad working conditions, due to that the "factory acts of 1833" came about. This gave Parliament the right to regulate factory working conditions, it established the inspectors group. Four men that would come in and inspect the factory looking for any penalties or anything.

Reform act of 1832

Also referred to as the representation of the people act. It changed a lot to the electoral system of England and Wales. 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 Commons House of Parliament."

Chartist Movement

Written by William Lovett but Feargus O'Connor became the main leader of the movement. It urged Parliament to adopt 3 great petitions. The charter had 6 demands,

  • All men to have the vote (universal manhood suffrage)
  • Voting should take place by secret ballot
  • Parliamentary elections every year, not once every five years
  • Constituencies should be of equal size
  • Members of Parliament should be paid
  • The property qualification for becoming a Member of Parliament should be abolished.
Industrial Revolution growth in Great Britain

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