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In this companion volume to Useful Toil, John Burnett has drawn extensively on over eight hundred previously unpublished manuscripts. The result is a unique record of childhood that reveals in intimate detail the trials and hard-won triumphs of nineteenth-century working-class life. Besides affording rare insights into the developing child's world of dreams, hopes and fears, they reflect a crucial period in the evolution of a family tradition; a time when, to counteract the brutalizing pressures of urbanization and industrialization, ordinary people turned to each other for support. Children have seldom had a voice in history: these writers and their experiences take their place as part of the essential fabric of our past.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415104012
ISBN-10: 0415104017
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Pages: 388
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Jun-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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