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History of Chartism

Chartist Ancestors

Chartist Ancestors hosts source material about the Chartists, Chartist events and gatherings, the Chartist petitions, and other useful information. It also includes a database of more than 14,000 names with brief biographical information about select Chartists.

Chartism & The Chartists

This site from Stephen Roberts provides "musings, information & illustrations" about the Chartists. It features a wide array of material, including a recording of "The Chartist Mother's Song," images of Chartist memorials, and a guide on Chartist reading material.

Protest and the Politics of Space

This website accompanies Katrina Navickas's book Protest and the Politics of Space and Place, 1789-1848. Embedded in several pages are interactive maps that display the location of such events as the Swing Riots and Chartist meetings. 

Minor Victorian Poets and Authors

This database is dedicated to Chartist Gerald Massey, and "comparable poets and authors of his era, a number of whom by their protests were to influence social reform in Victorian Britain." It collects biographies, poetry, and letters, of figures such Thomas Cooper, Ebenezer Elliott, and more. See in particular the extensive pages on Ernest Jones.

The National Chartist Hymn Book

The National Chartist Hymn book contains 16 hymns printed for the National Chartist Association. At least two were written by John Henry Bramwich, who also wrote for the Northern Star.

People's Collection Wales

This site offers extensive material on Welsh Chartism, including material related to the 1839 Newport rising and the trials that followed. Also of interest are copies of the Western Vindicator and the National Vindicator.

Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Price One Penny

This database catalogues early Victorian penny fiction, novels published "either in penny periodicals of varying sizes or in weekly autonomous penny numbers, usually comprising eight pages with a woodcut on the first."

At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837-1901

A popular business venture in the nineteenth century, circulating libraries lent books to subscribers for a fee. This database of nineteenth-century British fiction contains 16,000+ entries. 

Reading Like A Victorian

This site allows users to read "serial installments of Victorian novels alongside installments of other novels that were appearing in the same 'serial moment,' or month and year."

Further Reading

Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor, Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (Academia Press, 2009)

Rob Breton, The Oppositional Aesthetics of Chartist Fiction: Reading against the Middle-Class Novel (Routledge, 2016)

Malcolm Chase, Chartism: A New History (Manchester University Press, 2007)

James Gregory, The Poetry and the Politics: Radical Reform in Victorian England (I.B. Tauris, 2014)

Ian Haywood, Chartist Fiction vol. 1 and 2 (Routledge 1991 and 2001)

Ian Haywood, The Literature of Struggle: An Anthology of Chartist Fiction (Routledge, 2005)

Ian Haywood, The Revolution in Popular Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Anne Janowitz, Lyric and Labour in the Romantic Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Casie Legette, Remaking Romanticism: The Radical Politics of the Excerpt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Margaret Loose, The Chartist Imaginary: Literary Form in Working-Class Political Theory and Practice (Ohio State University Press, 2014)

Paul A. Pickering, Chartism and Chartists in Manchester and Salford (St. Martin, 1995)

Simon Rennie, The Poetry of Ernest Jones: Myth, Song, and the 'Mighty Mind' (Routledge, 2016)

Mike Sanders, The Poetry of Chartism: Aesthetics, Politics, History (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Dorothy Thompson, The Chartists (Breviary Stuff Publications, 2013)

Chris R. Vanden Bossche, Reform Acts: Chartism, Social Agency and the Victorian Novel, 1832-1867 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)

Gregory Vargo, An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction: Chartism, Radical Print Culture, and the Social Problem Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Martha Vicinus, The Industrial Muse: A Study of Nineteenth Century British Working-Class Literature (Harper and Row, 1974)

Stephanie Kuduk Weiner, Republican Politics and English Poetry, 1789-1874 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2005)