From 1832, Lajos Kossuth started to work as an editor at different papers like the Parliament Reports, Jurisdiction Reports, and Pesti Hírlap. He supported the reformers who sought social developments, stood up against feudal privileges, and demanded human rights for the people as well as constitutional independence for the country.
Pest county delegated him to the National Diet, opening in the autumn of 1847. Soon he became the leader of the opposition. After the successful revolution in March 1848, he became Minister of Finance in the Batthyány government. Kossuth was convinced that Vienna would take military action in order to take back control over Hungary, so his main goal was to organize the country’s defences. After his initiation, Parliament established the National Defence Committee. After the resignation of the Batthány government, he became head of the committee.
After Croatian Ban Jelacic initiated an attack on Hungary with 35,000 soldiers, Kossuth set off to the Great Hungarian Plains to recruit the Hungarian people to protect the country and the achievements of the Youth of March. This is when the Revolution of Pest turned into a war of independence. The people answered Kossuth’s call, because they agreed with the ideas and goal of the war. This moving scene is captured on the relief, as well as the enthusiasm around Kossuth’s figure, which is still present in the nation’s memory.
The statue of Lajos Kossuth is a creation of Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl.