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Liberty's DawnA People's History of the Industrial Revolution$
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Emma Griffin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300151800

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300151800.001.0001

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Suffer Little Children

Suffer Little Children

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(p.57) Chapter Three Suffer Little Children
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Liberty's Dawn
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Emma Griffin

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300151800.003.0003

One of the unfortunate consequences of the industrial revolution in Britain was the rise of child labor. Victorian children were forced to work long hours from a very young age, often as early as ten years old. The plight of these young workers, called the “white slaves” of England by the Ten Hours campaigners, has been immortalized in Victorian literature. They are the subject of works by Charles Dickens, Charles Kingsley, Frances Trollope, and Charlotte Elizabeth. A sample of 350 autobiographies also reveals some information on the incidence of child labor as well as shedding light on the social context in which it occurred during the industrial revolution.

Keywords:   industrial revolution, Britain, child labor, children, autobiographies, Victorian literature

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