Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Liberty's DawnA People's History of the Industrial Revolution$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Emma Griffin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300151800

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300151800.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 16 September 2021

Suffer Little Children

Suffer Little Children

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

Emma Griffin

Yale University Press

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

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.