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Basic reasons for the failure of Chartism

The main problem was how to achieve a revolutionary goal by constitutional means.

Other views on the failure of Chartism

The failure of Chartism was in many ways more apparent than real. Many Chartists turned after 1848 to other endeavours. Co-operation and trade unionism attracted some, others agitated for reforms in education or in the drinking habits of the nation... Of the aims of the Charter, only that of annual elections has not been realised. Successive Reform Acts approached the equalisation of electoral districts, and universal suffrage more than most nineteenth century manhood could envisage was achieved in 1928. The property qualification for Members was abolished in 1858, the secret ballot introduced in 1872 and Members were paid from 1911 onwards. Chartism, C. Thorne (Macmillan, 1966)

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