John Bright, Quaker, was a British Radical and Liberal statesman, one of the greatest orators of his generation and a promoter of free trade policies. He is most famous for battling the Corn Laws. In partnership with Richard Cobden, he founded the Anti-Corn Law League, aimed at abolishing the Corn Laws, which raised food prices and protected landowners’ interests by levying taxes on imported wheat..
FULL A-LEVEL LESSON* Was the repeal of the corn laws Peel’s treachery or Peel’s success?
Sir Robert Peel (1788 - 1850) In 1822, he become home secretary, and introduced far-ranging criminal law and prison reform as well as creating the Metropolitan Police - the terms 'bobbies' and 'peelers' come from his name.
The Blessings of Peace of the Curse of the Corn Law by Cruikshank. As is so often the case, the return of peace in 1814 led to financial cut-backs by the British Government. This satirical print, drawn by George Cruikshank, is a comment on one of the most unpopular pieces of legislation, the Corn Bill of March 1815. nam.ac.uk/waterloo200