London Working Men's Association

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London Working Men’s Association


the first Chartist organization; founded on June 16, 1836. Its organizers included the cabinet-maker W. Lovett and the printer H. Hetherington. In 1837 a group of revolutionary workers, headed by G. Harney, split from the association. The following year the association published the Chartist program “People’s Charter.”

Craftsmen predominated in the association. Its leaders opposed revolutionary methods of struggle and were inclined to hand over leadership of the movement to bourgeois radicals. Representatives of the London Working Men’s Association constituted the core of the right wing at the Chartist convention of 1839. The majority of its members joined the reformist London Charter Association, which was created in 1840.


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THE Chartists took their name from six points of a charter published in 1838 by the London Working Men's Association demanding male suffrage, equal electoral districts, annual parliaments, payment for members, secret ballots and no qualifications needed for MPs.

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