1848/49 Revolutionary turmoil

The liberal population clamoured since 1815 for a constitution promised by King Frederick William III in the German Campaign. On the wave of pauperism and a famine in 1847, revolutionary turmoil spreads throughout the country. 

Further riots occur in Westphalia after the Frankfurt National Assembly approves a constitution that remains unrecognised by King Frederick William IV (1795-1861). The population arms itself in Iserlohn and occupies the town. The uprisings are bloodily suppressed by Prussian military forces on 16 May 1849.