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Chronicling Poverty
The Voices and Strategies of the English Poor, 1640-1840
 
 
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18 Dec 1996
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Over the last twenty years more and more historians of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries have turned their eyes away from the records of central administration, towards local archives, and the lives of the poor. What they have found is a wealth of sources some of which chronicle the lives, and many of which record the words, of working people. This book will bring together some of the best work based on these sources.


Description

Over the last twenty years more and more historians of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries have turned their eyes away from the records of central administration, towards local archives, and the lives of the poor. What they have found is a wealth of sources some of which chronicle the lives, and many of which record the words, of working people. This book will bring together some of the best work based on these sources.


Reviews

'...a fine collection, which vividly demonstrates the nature and significance of the politics of parish relief.' - Steve Hindle, The Economic History Review


Contents


List of Tables and Figures
List of Abbreviations
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction
Going on the Parish: the Parish Pension and Its Meaning in the London Suburbs 1640-1724; J.Boulton
London Domestic Servants from Depositional Evidence, 1660-1750: Servant-Employer Sexuality in the Patriarchal Household; T.Meldrum
'Unlawfully Begotten on Her Body': Illegitimacy and the Parish Poor in St Luke's, Chelsea; T.Hitchcock
'The Bowels of Compation': a Labouring Family and the Law c.1790-1834; P.Sharpe
Voices in the Crowd: the Kirby Lonsdale Township Letters 1809-36; J.S.Taylor
Old Age in Poverty: the Record of Essex Pauper Letters 1780-1834; T.Sokoll
Pauper Inventories and the Material Life of the Poor in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries; P.King
'An Old Offender tho' so Young in Years': the Criminal Careers of Juvenile Offenders in Middlesex in the 1830s; H.Shore
'The Poor in Blindnes': Letters from Mildenhall, Wilts 1835-6; G.C.Smith
Index


Authors

PAMELA SHARPE is currently Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia in Perth. She was Lecturer in Social and Economic History at the University of Bristol from 1993 to 1999. She received an MA (Hons) in Economic History from the University of Edinburgh and completed a doctorate in demographic history at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge, in 1989. From 1990 to 1993 she was Essex County Council Research Fellow in Local History at the University of Essex.