DMPQ-Critically analyze the Reform Act of 1832.

. In 1831 there were riots in England when Parliament decided against reform to give Britain’s industrial cities and towns better representation.  In Nottingham, people attacked the castle, home of the Duke of Newcastle. Protestors were arrested and some were executed.  In Bristol, protestors threw stones at the Mansion House, broke in and destroyed it, and three protestors were killed by police. The Bristol gaol and Bishop’s palace were also set on fire. In total an estimated 70 people died in the violence.

From 1829 until May 1832 there was a mass movement for manhood suffrage that included both working-class and middle-class reformers. After the “days of May” in 1832, when even the middle-class radicals were considering withholding taxes and obtaining arms, an act was proposed that would carefully make sure that the working class remained disenfranchised. The movement split and the middle class, for the most part, withdrew.

The working class carried on the campaign and there were dozens of riots at the “reform election” in December 1832, for the most part in manufacturing towns. These were often brutally put down, six being shot dead in Sheffield for instance, and a cavalry charge with sabres in Frome killing more.

The working class carried on the campaign and there were dozens of riots at the “reform election” in December 1832, for the most part in manufacturing towns. These were often brutally put down, six being shot dead in Sheffield for instance, and a cavalry charge with sabres in Frome killing more.

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