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Liberty's Dawn: A People's History of the Industrial Revolution

Emma Griffin


This book looks at hundreds of autobiographies penned between 1760 and 1900 to offer an intimate firsthand account of how the industrial revolution was experienced by the working class of Britain. The industrial revolution brought not simply misery and poverty, but in fact, the book argues, raised incomes, improved literacy, and offered exciting opportunities for political action. For many, this was a period of new, and much valued, sexual and cultural freedom. This personal account focuses on the social impact of the industrialization, rather than its economic and political histories. The boo ... More

Keywords: industrial revolution, working class, poverty, literacy, factory workers, farm laborers, miners, servants, Britain, autobiographies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300151800
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300151800.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Griffin, author