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Child Workers in England, 1780-1820

Parish Apprentices and the Making of the Early Industrial Labour Force

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Child Workers in England, 1780-1820 by Katrina Honeyman
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The use of child workers was widespread in textile manufacturing by the late eighteenth century. A particularly vital supply of child workers was via the parish apprenticeship trade, whereby pauper children could move from the 'care' of poor law officialdom to the 'care' of early industrial textile entrepreneurs. This study is the first to examine in detail both the process and experience of parish factory apprenticeship, and to illuminate the role played by children in early industrial expansion. It challenges prevailing notions of exploitation which permeate historical discussion of the early labour force and questions both the readiness with which parishes 'offloaded' large numbers of their poor children to distant factories, and the harsh discipline assumed to have been universal among early factory masters. Finally the author explores the way in which parish apprentices were used to construct a gendered labour force. Dr Honeyman's book is a major contribution to studies in child labour and to the broader social, economic, and business history of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries.

Author Biography

Katrina Honeyman is Reader in Social and Economic History in the School of History, University of Leeds, UK.
Release date NZ
October 28th, 2007
Contributor
Series edited by Malcolm Chase
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
includes 26 tables
Imprint
Ashgate Publishing Limited
Pages
354
Dimensions
156x234x28
ISBN-13
9780754662723
Product ID
1835629

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