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Chartism and you

What happened in Newport and Monmouth led to the establishment of democracy in Britain and in many other countries around the world. Most of the Chartists’ demands, except for annual parliaments, have now been realised. They are the foundation of our modern democracy and they affect us every day. We can vote in General Elections and, if we choose, stand for Parliament - because Chartists were prepared to die for what they believed in. Chartism was the world’s first independent working-class political movement - and the first great show of popular protest in Britain’s history. 

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Text and artwork from Voices for the Vote: Shire Hall and the story of Chartism in south Wales. Reproduced by kind permission of Monmouthshire County Council/Shire Hall, Monmouth. The book costs £4.99 and can be obtained from Shire Hall Monmouth, Newport Museum or Gwent Archives