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The ‘Natural Leaders’ and their WorldPolitics, Culture and Society in Belfast, c.1801–1832$
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Jonathan Jeffrey Wright

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318481

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317903

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The ‘natural leaders’, part one: politics and personalities in Belfast, c.1801–1820

The ‘natural leaders’, part one: politics and personalities in Belfast, c.1801–1820

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(p.49) 2 The ‘natural leaders’, part one: politics and personalities in Belfast, c.1801–1820
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The ‘Natural Leaders’ and their World
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317903.003

This chapter examines the political activities of the Tennents and their associates in Belfast during the period from 1801 to 1820. It traces the way the Tennents sought to affix upon their native town the impression of their party, and analyzes the extent to which they were able to form a distinct faction with a shared and well-defined set of advanced pro-reform views. The chapter describes the emergence of the natural leaders, explores the political ideology they espoused, and examines the various political scandals and causes célèbres they utilized to promote the cause of reform during the 1810s.

Keywords:   Tennents, political activities, Belfast, pro-reform views, natural leaders, political ideology, causes célèbres

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