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14.Dawn of Democracy
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1867

How, and why, did working men win the vote in the mid-Victorian period? (9 mins)

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1. The dreams of the Chartist realised in the late 19th century: votes for the working man.
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2. Changing lives in the slums of 19th century Edinburgh.
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3. The 'Self Help' movement - and the rise of the 'respectable' working class.
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4. The 1867 Reform Act gives the vote to working men in the cities.
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5. The Midlothian Campaign of 1880. The first recognizably 'modern' election campaign.

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This module was all shot in Edinburgh. It starts overlooking Waverley Station, and then moves to Mary King's Close, a remarkable attraction that enables tourists visit some of the early 19th century subterranean sections of the city. It's well worth the entrance fee.


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The 'self help' section was filmed on the Stockbridge Estate, one of several estates in Edinburgh built by the Edinburgh Cooperative Building Company, and known collectively as the 'colonies'. I love the colonies; they're a real testament to the power of ordinary people to transform their lives.

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