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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Resource for Teachers, Academics and History Buffs!, 7 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Children History Forgot (Hardcover)
Sue Wilkes has done it again with an excellent book telling the stories of child workers in the industrial revolution from its earliest beginnings. Many of the tales are heartbreaking: the fate of young chimney sweeps whose young lives ended prematurely in suffocation, the plight of pauper children exploited in the factory system, child miners working underground for eleven hours a day, the barefoot child workers in brick-works and potteries, babies as young as two years old employed in the lace industry, are just a few of the examples that Sue writes about with lavish detail, highlighting with real-life cases. But without these sad tales there would have been no reformers and Sue weaves in the long history of reform from the earliest Factory Acts to the Education Act and beyond. Written in Sue's inimitable style, scholarly yet accessible, this book will be of great interest whether you're an academic or read history for fun! Teachers please note - I wish I'd had access to this book when I was teaching history!
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The Children History Forgot by Sue Wilkes (Hardcover - 31 Aug. 2011)
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