The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 is one of the most important pieces of social legislation ever enacted. Its principles and the workhouse system dominated attitudes to welfare provision for the next 80
years. This new Seminar Study explores the changing ideas to poverty over this period and assesses current debates on Victorian attitudes to the poor. David Englander reviews the old system of poor relief;
he considers how the New Poor Law was enacted and received and looks at how it worked in practice. The chapter on the Scottish experience will be particularly welcomed, as will Dr Englander's discussion of the place of the
Poor Law within British history.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: THE CONTEXT
PART TWO: DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSIS
2. Poor Law Policy in England and Wales
3. Inside the Workhouse.
4. The Poor Laws in Scotland
5. Social Inquiry and Poor Law Reform
PART THREE: ASSESSMENT
6. Problems and Prospects
PART FOUR: DOCUMENTS.
Guide to Main Characters.