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What were the causes of the failure of the chartist movement?

The chartist movement lacked coordination, small numbers of chartists organised themselves in local areas and maintained little connection to each other which made cooperation on a national level difficult. Chartism had a significant class divide between the middle class supporters and the working class base, chartism became associated with the violent physical force chartism of the Feargus O'Connor which concerned much of the more moderate middle class supporters this was a major blow as the middle class chartists financed the movement. There was also significant division within the chartist movement in terms of what they wanted, many wanted significantly more concessions from the government than the original 6 points of the chartist movement such as education for the poor or the prohibition of alcohol and these more radical ideas made it difficult for more moderate chartists to support the movement. The chartist movement also didn’t have any single centralised leadership, within the chartist movement there were a number of important figures such as Samuel Holberry, Feargus O'Connor and William Lovett but no single leadership which meant that the chartist movement couldn’t negotiate and couldn’t coordinate efficiently.

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