Chartism as the ‘other’: how the non-Chartist press portrayed Chartism, 1838-1848.

Wilson, Chad-Nadir (2016) Chartism as the ‘other’: how the non-Chartist press portrayed Chartism, 1838-1848. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation explores the idea that the contemporary press actively sought to weaken the Chartist movement by creating a false dissonance between its leaders and those they claimed to represent. It uses a wide variety of non-Chartist newspapers, available from Gale Cengage’s digitised archives, The Times Archive, and the Illustrated London News archive, to show how both pertinent individuals and specific events were used to show the Chartist element as ‘other’ to the English working class. This ‘othering’ was done to undermine Chartism’s powerbase: by creating a false dissonance between its leaders and members the non-Chartist press was able to suggest that Chartism did not truly represent the working classes, and as such delegitimised important tactics such as petitioning, mass protest, and even violence. It shows three notable individuals, William Cuffay; Samuel Holberry; and Bronterre O’Brien, and how each of them was maligned as alien. It then explores three events, the 1839 Newport Rising; the 1842 ‘Plug Riots’; and the 1848 revolution scare, and how the press sought to manage each of these events as part of a wider narrative to ‘other’ the Chartists.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 16:00
    Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 16:00
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/20925

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