The English Poor Laws 1700-1930

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The English Poor Laws examines the nature and operation of the English poor law system from the early eighteenth century to its termination in 1930. The book traces the law's development from a localized measure of poor relief designed primarily for rural communities to an increasingly centralized system attempting to grapple with the urgent crises of urban poverty. The deterrent workhouse, medical care, education, assisted emigration, family maintenance, vagrancy and the relationship of the poor laws to private charity are ...

The English Poor Laws 1700-1930 2001, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke

ISBN-13: 9780333682715

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