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Democratic Literature of 1776

1776 saw the publication of a vast amount of democratic literature in Britain which was increasingly influential.

All of these increased the already existing demands for greater democracy in Britain.

Cartwright set up the Society for Promoting Constitutional Information (SCI) in 1780 in London, although it suspended its activities in 1784. Paine and the supporters of Wilkes were members, as was Charles James Fox - who now was wearing the blue coat and buff waistcoat of Washington's army. The SCI published cheap editions of popular pamphlets demanding the extension of the franchise and set up sister societies throughout Britain with the aim of a democratic revolution.

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