Victorian Influences on the Middle/Working Class (New Laws and Reforms…
Victorian Influences on the Middle/Working Class
New Laws and Reforms
Reform Bill of 1832
Re-apportioned representation in Parliament, allowing the government to accurately represent the citizens of England
Extended the right to vote only to men who owned property at least worth £10
Added 217,000 voters to an electorate of 435,000
Married Women's Property Act 1882
Married women earned the right to sue and be sued
Married women had their legal identities restored
Married women could hold stocks under their own names
Reform Bill of 1867
Extended voting rights to also workingmen and lodgers who paid at least £10 or rent a year
Increased the electorate in England and Wales from one to two million men.
Queen Victoria's and Prince Albert's Demeanor
MIrrored Middle Class Activities
Enjoyed the Charles Dicken's novels
Supported circus and waxwork exhibitions
Political Influence on Middle/Working Class
Supported repeal of Corn Law in order to help Ireland with their potato famine
Albert led reforms in university education, welfare, and the abolishment of slavery
William Gladstone's Legacy
Allowed Roman Catholics, non-conformists and non-Christians to study at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London and Durham.
Supported the Free Breakfast Table, abolishing jobs on basic foodstuffs as they were indirectly taxed
Supported the Representation of the People Act 1884, which further extended the rights of electoral rights of individuals in England
Supported Forster's Education Act, which set the groundworks for mandatory education for children ages 5-12.
Supported equality of opportunity, free trade, and laissez-faire economic policies
Adopted policies of low public expenditure and low taxation
Earned the title of "The People's William" among the working class.