Rhyme and Reform

Victorian Working-Class Poets Elizabeth Barrett Brownings "The Cry of the Children"

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Report of the Royal Commission on Children’s Employment in Mines and Factories

Dictionary of the Scots Language

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Who Will Represent England’s Laborers?

The Great Reform Act
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”Who is God that He should hear us?”

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Liturgy, Lamentation, and a Prayerful Precedent

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Rock Me Softly, Let Me Rest in Peace: Outlooks of Oppressed Victorian Children

Text: Rock Me Softly – Softly Mother by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (D1422) SONNETS NOTEBOOK, 1842, Armstrong Browning Library
Text: Collins, Thomas J. and Vivienne J. Rundle, eds. The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Poetry. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2005. ISBN: 1-55111-100-4

The Cry of the Children Goes Public: August 1843

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Justice Loves Company: The Cry of the Children perceived in Poems (1850)

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“May the Children Weep Before You”: The Echoing Cry

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Christian Inquirer
“A Century of Christian Poems. XXXI. The Cry of the Children,” Christian Inquirer (1846-1864), vol 1, iss 12, (Jan 2, 1847): 48This image originally appeared as part of ProQuest’s American Periodicals Series product. Reprinted with permission from digital images produced by ProQuest LLC.
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“Child Labor Facts and Statistics.” The World Counts. 24 April 2014. Web. Accessed 22 April  

Kirby, Peter. “Child Labour in Britain, 1750-1870.” Palgrave, 2003, pp. 42-120. 

Humphries, Jane. “Childhood and Child Labour in the British Industrial Revolution.” Cambridge  UP, 2010, pp. 7. 

Humphries, Jane. “Childhood and Child Labour in the British Industrial Revolution.” Economic History Review, vol. 66, no. 2, May 2013, pp. 404. 

Griffin, Emma. “Liberty’s Dawn: A People’s History of the Industrial Revolution.” (Yale, 2014), 59.

Royal Commission on Children’s Employment. London: William Clowes & Sons. 1843, pp. 7,  613, 1747, 1887.  

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Griffin, Emma. Liberty’s Dawn: A People’s History of the Industrial Revolution. Yale University Press, 2013.  

Humphries, Jane. “Childhood and Child Labour in the British Industrial Revolution.” Economic History Review, vol. 66, no. 2, May 2013, pp. 395-418.  

Kirby, Peter. Child Workers and Industrial Health in Britain, 1780-1850, Boydell & Brewer, 2013. 

“Royal Commission on Children’s Employment in Mines and Factories,” William Clowes and Sons, Londn, 1843.  

Wallace, Eileen. Children of the Labouring Poor : The Working Lives of Children in Nineteenth-Century Hertfordshire, University Of Hertfordshire Press, 2010. 

 

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Strathclyde Exhibition

Robert Ford, The Harp of Perthshire (Paisley: Alexander Gardner, 1893)
William Pyott, Poems and Songs (Dundee: Charles Alexander, 1885)
David Wingate, Poems and Songs (Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1862)

 

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