The Workhouse

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Everyone has heard of the workhouse. But what exactly was it? Who went there? And how did an institution so universally hated come to be set up? Surprisingly, no full-scale history of the workhouse has ever been written. This book concentrates on the Victorian workhouse in the years of its tarnished glory. It describes the combination of circumstances which in the 1830's led to the opening of 600 new workhouses, against astonishingly little effective opposition. It records the riots, the protests, the pleadings, with which the poor challenged their virtual enslavement, and the misery of their daily life when they were finally incarcerated within the workhouse walls. All the essential facts - of legislation passed and numbers admitted - are here, presented in a concise and lucid form.

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SKU: 9780712606370