Before women got the vote in Britain, men had to get it. The 1832 Reform Act had given voting rights to property-owning men, but excluded the poor. Those who demanded universal male suffrage drew up a Charter of six key demands, seen as a new Magna Carta for the people. It called for universal suffrage, no property qualification, annual parliaments, equal representation, payment of MPs and secret votes. This was the Chartist movement. All these demands - apart from annual parliaments - would eventually be achieved, although it would be a fight all the way.
This historically significant news sheet was written in 1838 mainly by William Lovett, a member of the London Working Men's Association. It lists the key demands of the Charter at its head, provides a detailed explanation of how secret balloting could take place and argues why forward-thinking citizens should be in favour of reform.
Read more about the Chartist’s fight for democracy on our blog post here.