The Victorian Town Child

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As nineteenth-century Britain became increasingly urbanized and industrialized, the number of children living in towns grew rapidly. At the same time, Horn considers the increasing divisions within urban society, not only between market towns and major manufacturing and trading centers, but within individual towns, as rich and poor became more segregated.

During the Victorian period, public attitudes toward children and childhood shifted dramatically, often to the detriment of ...

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Overview

As nineteenth-century Britain became increasingly urbanized and industrialized, the number of children living in towns grew rapidly. At the same time, Horn considers the increasing divisions within urban society, not only between market towns and major manufacturing and trading centers, but within individual towns, as rich and poor became more segregated.

During the Victorian period, public attitudes toward children and childhood shifted dramatically, often to the detriment of those at the lower end of the social scale--including paupers and juvenile delinquents. Drawing on original research, including anecdotes, first-hand accounts, and a wealth of photographs, The Victorian Town Child describes in detail the changing lives of all classes of Victorian town children, from those of prosperous business and professional families to working-class families, where unemployment and overcrowding were particular problems. Horn also examines the issues of juvenile labor and exploitation, how factory work and education were combined, how crime and punishment were dealt with among children, and the changes in health and infant death rates over the period.

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Examines the lives of urban children of the period, in the context of increasing divisions in urban society between rich and poor. Looks especially at widening of legislative regulation and control with regard to paupers and juvenile delinquents, the formation of charitable organizations, and the influence of imperialism and patriotism on concern for children's welfare. Examines issues of juvenile labor and exploitation, the combination of education and factory work, and how the justice system dealt with young offenders. Includes material from first-hand accounts, and b&w photos. Distributed by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814735756
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Horn is the author of more than ten books on nineteenth-and twentieth-century England, including Women in the 1920s, and a frequent contributor to journals such as The Times Literary Supplement and the Labour History Review. She lives in England.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
'The Departure of the Innocents'
Conversion Table
Ch. 1 Victorian Towns 1
Ch. 2 Middle-class Children 19
Ch. 3 Working-class Home Life 45
Ch. 4 The Growth of Mass Schooling 70
Ch. 5 At Work 99
Ch. 6 Surviving 127
Ch. 7 At Leisure 153
Ch. 8 Rescue and Reform 180
App. 1 Children in an Urbanizing Population: England and Wales, 1841-1901 211
App. 2 Income and Household Expenditure of Families in Dukinfield in 1836 and 1841 213
App. 3 Working Children in the 1860s 215
App. 4 Child Offenders in Great Britain, 1865-1900 218
App. 5 Childhood Deprivation in Liverpool in 1883 220
Notes 221
Bibliography 243
Index 246
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