The hor­ror of Peter­loo

BBC History Magazine - - Contents -

Stephen Bates re­veals how the mas­sacre of 1819 be­came a cause célèbre in the strug­gle for full suf­frage in Britain

It started as a peace­ful ap­peal for po­lit­i­cal re­form, but ended with 18 dead and hun­dreds in­jured. As a ma­jor film on the Peter­loo Mas­sacre is re­leased, Stephen Bates de­scribes how the events of 16 Au­gust 1819 – when cav­alry bru­tally dis­persed a crowd of 60,000 protestors – be­came a land­mark mo­ment in the strug­gle for democ­racy

Cav­alry charge into a crowd of protestors at St Peter’s Field, Manch­ester, as de­picted in an 1819 en­grav­ing. What fol­lowed was the worst vi­o­lence ever to oc­cur at a po­lit­i­cal meet­ing in Britain

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