The Victorian town child - Pamela Horn



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The Victorian town child
Pamela Horn
New York University Press
UK Publication Date

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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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.

Keyword Index
Children - England - History - 19th century.|City children - England - Social conditions.|Great Britain - History - Victoria, 1837-1901.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages

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