Victorian Childhood: Themes and Variations

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State University of New York Press, Sep 30, 1987 - Social Science - 391 pages
This book presents a broad range of original data on childhood in Victorian Britain. It combines a social science approach to data with historical context, resulting in a highly readable account based on sound historiography.

Against a backdrop of the industrial revolution, an expanding economy, and a rising standard of living, Victorian Childhood explores life and death, child development, the family, work, education, social life, cities, crime, and advocacy and reform. Presenting data on the deteriorating health of children during the nineteenth century and on their increasing displacement of adults in the workplace, the author demonstrates that they did not share proportionately in the increased standard of living.

Jordan's book is a unique piece of scholarship in its range, focus, and presentation. Original sources such as diaries and memoirs not previously cited elsewhere, literature from the period, and anecdotes from the children themselves animate the statistical background and provide vivid pictures of their lives.
 

Contents

Nutrition
8
Epidemics and Child Health
25
Handicapped Children
43
Life and Death
76
CHAPTER FIVE
93
Child Labor
120
Mayhews Children
129
The Environment
138
Trains
214
The Great Exhibition
220
Transportation
228
Model Housing
235
London
241
The City and the Land
250
Virtues and Vices
259
110
294

Children in the Economy
145
A Little Learning
148
Voluntary Schools
158
Going to School
177
76
192
CHAPTER
193
Fresh Air and Fun
200
Factory Outings
206
CHAPTER NINE
305
Government Action
320
References
335
Name Index
373
Subject Index
383
222
384
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Thomas E. Jordan is Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

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