Care of the poor, workhouses and child labour in the 19th C

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  • Care of the poor, workhouses and child labour in the 19C
    • If the poor were desperate for a job, they would be sent into workhouses to earn some more money, before they would be able to leave and find a better job.
    • Children worked as: Piecers- leaned over the spinning to repair broken threads,
    • Overseers made sure the child workers were working properly, and could be very harsh.
    • Doctors were the fist people to object to child workers.
    • People worried about a revolution against mill and pit owners.
      • If the miners and mill workers rebelled, the owners would have no one to work for them, and therefore loose all their trade.
    • Reform in factory conditions took so long as people thought that is was normal to be working in this way.
    • The adults who organised the work for children often took most of the money, even that earned by the children
    • The butty system was used in mines.
      • A miner would agree a certain price with the mine owner to mine a certain part of the mine. This miner would then be in charge of paying other miners in that area.


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