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Between 1838 and 1842, several attempts were made, locally and nationally, to find common ground between the Chartists and the Anti-Corn-Law League. The Anti-Corn-Law League set out to win support in manufacturing towns from both masters and men. Also they held lectures in agricultural districts. The League had to fight middle-class apathy: between 1839 and 1840 it had problems paying Anti-Corn-Law speakers because of a shortage of funds. The Anti-Corn-Law League encouraged the establishment of Operative Anti-Corn-Law Associations.
The disorders of 1842 ruined any chances of class reconciliation. After 1842 the Anti-Corn-Law League lost interest in working-class politics and switched its campaign to rural areas and electors. It exploited the division of interest in agricultural communities which existed between landowners and tenants.
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