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W' hen in any period there is a concentration of thought on one subject or group of subjects, it is proper to seek for a cause in the character of the period. The first half of the nineteenth century was remarkable in England for its con tinuous and persistent discussion of political and economic problems. Years of debate and determined campaigning preceded each of the great reform bills, the combined results of which did so much to establish modern democracy. After long effort the repeal Of the combination laws took place in 1824 - 5, which gave the laborers the right of association. In 1832 the Parliamentary reform bill was enacted, in 1834 the reform of the Poor Law, in 1842 the repeal Of the duties on corn. Meanwhile there occurred the campaign against the stamp duties, not finally triumphant, however, till 1855, the demand for the extension of public education, and the agitation for the penny post, all efforts to increase the educational Opportunities of the people. There were carried on at the same time the momentous investigations which led to the regulation of factory conditions and the reformation of prisons.
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bound: 116 pages
publisher: Forgotten Books (May 5, 2017)
isbn: 1333414013, 978-1333414016,
weight: 5.9 ounces (