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Images of Chartism, 1848

Prior to the presentation of the Petition in 1848 the Chartists were seen as 'moral force' men but after parliament had rejected the Petition, physical force men came to the forefront. The two illustrations show how the change in Chartism was perceived in the press. In the first illustration, Feargus O'Connor is shown presenting the Charter to the Prime Minister, "Little" Johnny Russell. O'Connor was over six feet tall; Russell was extremely short. In the second illustration Cuffy, a physical force Chartist, is seen "arming for the fight". Cuffy (or Cuffay) was a Londoner of mixed race.

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