Living and Working Conditions in 1890s for the Poor

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What were the living conditions like for the poor in the 1890s?
Houses/streets were packed tightly together/ One toilet per street/ Many shared a single bed/ Houses sunk into foundations - resulted in cracking windows/ Cracked windows let industrial air into the houses and lungs of the occupants/ Bed bugs.
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What diseases were common in the 1890s?
Cholera - Diarrhea, Dehydration, Death. Typhoid - Fever, Stomach pains, Diarrhea.
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What type of diseases spread quickly in the 1890s?
Water-born diseases spread quickly as there was no proper sewage system.
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What was the 1834 Poor Law?
The poor law said if people wanted help they had to go into a workhouse to get it.
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What was the Poor Law designed for?
It was designed to reduce the cost of looking after the poor as it stopped money going to poor people except in exceptional circumstances.
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What did poor people think about the Poor Law?
Poor people feared it as it meant they would need to go into a workhouse.
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What were the conditions like in a workhouse?
The conditions were made so bad so that only the desperate would enter, the food and clothing was basic, men/women/children were seperate and forced to work long hours at hard tasks.
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What was there a sense of if you had to go into a workhouse?
There was a sense of shame if you had to go into a workhouse for charity.
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How were working people treated by employers?
Working people were exploited and massively underpaid. They were not in a trade union - they had no rights to their employer. The factory owners cared mainly about how much money they made.
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How many were unemployed in the 1890s? (Roughly)
1,000,000 men and women were unemployed.
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What was the overall view towards poor people in the 1890s?
Many thought that it was the poor who were responsible for being poor. If someone living in poverty worked hard enough they would be able to find their own way out of it.
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What were poor people viewed as if they didn't/couldn't come out of poverty?
Lazy, they wasted their money on alcohol, tobacco or other non-essential goods.
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What diseases were common in the 1890s?

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Cholera - Diarrhea, Dehydration, Death. Typhoid - Fever, Stomach pains, Diarrhea.

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