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Luddite Memorial Lecture: Religion in the Chartist Movement
Monday 30 April 2018 at 7:30 pmFree
Revolutionary Sermons, Democratic Chapels and Rebellious Hymnals: religion in the Chartist Movement
Presentation by Dr. Mike Sanders of the University of Manchester. All are welcome to attend this free event.
This lecture explores the role which religious ideas played in the Chartist struggle for basic democratic rights. It focuses on three particular examples. The lecture begins by considering the ‘revolutionary sermons’ of the ‘Chartist’ preacher, the Reverend Joseph Rayner Stephens. It continues by examining the role of Chartist and Democratic Chapels within the movement. Finally, it explores the ideas contained in the only surviving Chartist hymnal – the ‘National Chartist Hymn Book’. The lecture will consider both the reasons why religion was important to the Chartist movement and the ways in which Chartism challenged conventional Victorian religious ideas.
Dr Mike Sanders is Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Writing at the University of Manchester. He is particularly interested in Chartism and in nineteenth century working-class radicalism and culture more generally. He serves on the executive committee of the ‘Society for the Study of Labour History’ and is an Educational Trustee for the General Federation of Trades Unions. His current research project explores the role of religion within the Chartist movement. His publications include, ‘The Poetry of Chartism: Aesthetics, Politics, History’ (published by Cambridge University Press in 2009), as well as articles in ‘Victorian Studies’, ‘Victorian Poetry’, ‘Victorian Periodicals Review’ and ‘Victorian Literature and Culture’.