Radical Uprising Dbq Analysis

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Sources C, D and E agree with this interpretation that the radicals did fail due to Government repression and suggest that Government use of cavalry halted radical uprisings in the short term. Sources C and D are both accounts of the radical uprising of Peterloo in August 1819 which was halted due to the yeomanry (voluntary cavalry.) ‘They waved their swords over their heads and dashed forward.’ Bamford (Source C) clearly states the cavalry charging for the crowd which caused ‘confusion’ on both sides, the crowd and the cavalry. This ‘confusion’ led to the ‘hack’ –ing of many people in the crowd turning this peaceful protest into a massacre leaving 11 killed and 400 injured. This account from S. Bamford is a clear example of the cavalry halting…show more content…
Sources A, B and E exemplify that. Source A suggests that legislations prevented demonstrations by the phrase ‘authorities of Manchester were not likely to permit’ which implies that the authorities were not reasonable and that there were prior laws or rules that meant that marching/demonstrating was not permitted. Source A is a reliable source as it is written by S. Bamford, a moderate radical, who freely criticised not just the government but fellow reformers, who was also an eye witness to many events such as Peterloo and the March of the Blanketeers. Bamford who was there at the time of these uprising had firsthand knowledge and so knew what he was talking about therefore Source A is a reliable source. Source B also implies that legislations prevented demonstrations and the spread of ideology as it is about an execution. Three men were punished for revolting therefore used as a deterrent showing that future reformers should think twice before revolting. This is in fact true. Reformers were arrested, transported and executed to deter future protesters. Source B also very reliable as Shelley was an eyewitness to the events during 1815-1820. As he was an eyewitness, like Bamford, he also has primary knowledge thus knows what he is talking about making the source creditable. However as he is a romantic poet, a lot of emotive language would inevitably used and an exaggerated tone which discredits Source B to an extent. Wholly however, as he was there, his Source could be used to back up my argument as his knowledge is truthful and correct although may be a little exaggerated. Source E, a cartoon, drawn by Cruikshank, an anti-government cartoonist comments on the Government’s Six Acts of 1819. Source E supports my argument that the spread of ideology is prevented due to government
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