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Griffin, Emma
Liberty's dawn : a people's history of the Industrial Revolution / Emma Griffin
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright New Haven, Connecticut : Yale University Press, [2013]
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 3rd Floor  HC253 .G75 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Industrial revolution -- Great Britain
Subject Great Britain -- Social conditions
Great Britain -- Economic conditions
Physical Description x, 303 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: 'A simple naritive' -- Part I -- Earning a living. Men at work ; Suffer little children ; Women, work and the cares of home -- Part II -- Love. A brand new wife and an empty pocket ; Naughty tricks on the bed -- Part III -- Culture. Education ; Gospel Times ; Sons of freedom -- Conclusion
Summary "This remarkable book looks at hundreds of autobiographies penned between 1760 and 1900 to offer an intimate firsthand account of how the Industrial Revolution was experienced by the working class. The Industrial Revolution brought not simply misery and poverty. On the contrary, Griffin shows how it raised incomes, improved literacy, and offered exciting opportunities for political action. For many, this was a period of new, and much valued, sexual and cultural freedom. This rich personal account focuses on the social impact of the Industrial Revolution, rather than its economic and political histories. In the tradition of best-selling books by Liza Picard, Judith Flanders, and Jerry White, Griffin gets under the skin of the period and creates a cast of colorful characters, including factory workers, miners, shoemakers, carpenters, servants, and farm laborers"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 248-295) and index
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