Chartism Essay example

1349 Words Feb 27th, 2015 6 Pages
Task 1
What evidence is there in the extract above of the three explanations for Chartism’s support that you have learned about in Block 2, Unit 2. Making sense of history, and which if any, is stressed most strongly by the speaker?
Part 1
In no more than 200 words, write a plan for the essay
Introduction 1) Explain the background and context of the extract. 2) Discuss the evidence for the Chartism’s support in terms of economic pressure, national political movement and inclusive cultural community. 3) The essay will explore how the three factors were important in the speech for gaining support for Chartism and which proved to be the more dominant factor.
Economic Pressure 1) At the time of Chartism,
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The essay will conclude by revealing through the use of evidence which was the dominant factor in the speech in gaining support
Economic Pressure was used in the speech regularly to show the large division between the rich and the poor. The speaker refers to ‘the rich unnaturally elevated’, ‘weight of taxation, misrule and oppression’. ‘Destitution in horrid form stalks through street, lane and thourghfare’ ‘emaciated frames’. The terminology reflects on the economic pressures that the poor endured, high tax and poor working conditions that often led to illness and death. He emphasised how the richer of the society, the aristocracy, were ‘in exclusive possession of power’. This speech would have stirred the emotions of the crowds as they heard how hard their lives were to those belonging to the upper classes. The speaker creates horrid, desperate images of the poorer classes ‘insufferable despair,’ toll of the death-bell’ to highlight how hard their lives were. (Briggs, 1959, P.50) a secondary source reflected how Chartism ‘seems to have been strongest in the two kinds of places… centres of decaying or contracting industry’ and ‘new or expanding single industry towns’. Briggs ‘s writing shows that Chartism was prominent in only certain areas such as those of industry. Whereas, ‘almost non-existent in completely agricultural villages’.