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Victorian Press and the Working Classes Hypothesis The mainstream newspapers did not represent the working classes as they were not considered part of the readership The only representation came from radical newspapers such as the Northern Star Introduction The key concepts involved in discovering how the Victorian press represented the working classes it is important to choose an era of unrest amongst the working classes Taking in to account that the Northern Star is the most well known of the radical working class newspapers it is easy to map this to the Chartist period in Britain Taking this as a guideline the period should be between 1838 to 1852 following the rise and fall of Chartism To contrast the views of the Northern Star it is advisable to find another newspaper The best would be the Leeds Mercury Being a northern paper it will give good contrasting views to that of the Northern Star Research Methodology Taking in to account of the amount of issues available for both sets of newspapers it is paramount to filter them in some way To do this I will take an issue every ten years or so from each and contrast the stories in each In doing this it will enable me to look at certain issues involved in both of the newspapers How they deal with parliamentary debates passing of acts and the normal stories of general interest It is also a key issue to see how they both deal with the foreign stories and how they contrast Having taken three issues from each newspaper six in all it will be easy to see how the items and style develop over three decades Whether the names of the newspapers change or the layout even how the reporting is carried out Within the reading carried out it was imperative to check that all the papers were reliable sources of information However with all
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