About the book
“A significant contribution to the project of retrieving the neglected history of working children.” Katrina Honeyman, Economic History Review
“This is a readable and instructive narrative of children's employment in her chosen county and is recommended to historians with an interest in the subject and period.” Clive Leivers, Family and Community History
“This is a carefully-researched and well-written work that offers a wealth of information about the hardship experienced by working children in Hertfordshire through the nineteenth century. It should attract a wide readership among those interested in childhood, labour, education and Hertfordshire history.” Niels van Manen, Local Population Studies
In this book Eileen Wallace focuses on the lives of working children in nineteenth-century Hertfordshire employed in agriculture, straw-plaiting, silk-throwing, paper and brickmaking and as chimney sweeps.
In Hertfordshire, as elsewhere, children of a very young age worked long hours, received little education and endured poor housing, hunger and dreadful sanitation.
ISBN: 978-1-905313-49-5 Format: Paperback, 192pp Published: Oct 2010
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