Opposition

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  • Opposition to the Poor Law (1834)
    • Rumour and Propaganda
      • fear thrives on rumours and at this point there were a lot of the,
      • unions workhouses were generally built far away from where people lived so there was rumours that these were in fact extermination centres
      • the 'Book of Murder' was written (thought by the Commissioners) making suggestions that children were gassed
      • in Devon, bread handed out to the outdoor relief poor was thought to be poisoned
      • it was believed a family with anymore than 3 children were killed (the children)
    • Genuine Fears
      • many attacked the centralisation of the poor law saying the commissioners were only concerned with London's area
      • many feared the new laws would break the traditional bonds of the rich and poor
      • ratepayers realised outdoor relief was cheaper than building workhouses
        • it was thought that the building of these workhouses would increase rates
    • Protest in rural south
      • local magistrates and clergy members were angered at the traditional master-servant removal
        • they joined forces with fearful poor to protest
      • in St. Clemens, Ipswitch, workhouses were attacked and officers assulted
    • Opposition in the north
      • workshop, factory and mill owners faced with lay-offs and shorter hours
        • sought relief
      • anti-poor law associations were formed uniting with the Tories
      • armed riots took place in Oldham, Rochdale and Bradford
      • in Huddersfield, guardian George Tinker warned of the dangers from implementing the Law in North
      • Alfred Power in Bradford 1838 was pelted with stones and tin cans
      • in Stockport 1842, workhouses were attacked and bread handed out to the poor
      • John Fielden (radical MP) shut his factories down and refused to pay relief as a sign of protest
      • his workers attacked the homes of local guardians

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