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Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
volume XII, Part II (1899)

Jones, Edward D.
Chartism -- a chapter in English industrial history,   pp. [509]-529 PDF (6.3 MB)


Page 527


Influence of Chartism.
us to understand the sympathy and support which the cause re-
ceived from a few of the choicest spirits of the age in which it
occurred.
                    INFLUENCE OF CHARTISM.
  When Chartism passed away the Liberal Party fell heir to
much of its constituency. The effect of this was noticeable in
the progressive policy soon adopted by that party. It is im-
possible to consider that the influence of Chartism ceased en-
tirely with the year 1848. It fallowed the ground, so to speak,
for subsequent reforms. One evidence of this is the luxuriant
growth of newspapers and periodicals and debating clubs of all
sorts that sprang up for a time advocating every sort of re-
form.  Most of these were short-lived, it is true, but they
evinced the breaking up of traditional lines of thought. There
was, for example, the penny periodical entitled " Politics for
the People" advocating sanitary reform, extension of parks
and general municipal reform, education and socialized religion.
The weekly entitled " The People " advertised itself as
the ad-
vocate of reform in general, seeking to promote the free and full
development of the whole human being. To this end it advo-
cated teetotalism, dietetics, and the healing art, phonography,
phrenology, and reform in theology. As may be seen from such
an announcement, pretty much every line of thought was shaken
up at this time. It could scarcely be but that progress would
result in some of the many directions which inquiry took.
Those supporters of Chartism who passed into the Liberal
Party turned the government to the serious consideration of
economic problems. Another portion aided in the regeneration
of the English clergy. The Tractarian movement displayed as
a central thought the yearning to recover for the church its
leadership and to make it worthy to revive the idea of the
fatherhood of the church toward its members. The people had
shown themselves to be like sheep without a shepherd while the
church primates had, from the seats of the scornful, exercised
only a negative influence. Another closely allied line of reform,
the Young England Movement, was toward re-establishing inti-
mate relations between the aristocracy and the common people.
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