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VII: “May the Children Weep Before You”: The Echoing Cry
Working children in the United States faced similar conditions to those Elizabeth Barrett Browning (EBB) describes in her poem about child labor. In particular, today’s McLennan County was a hotspot for child occupations in the early 1900’s, such as (More)
II: ”Who is God that He should hear us?”
While the Industrial Revolution meant that England underwent a great deal of innovation, ranging from agriculture to a boom in manufacturing, industrialization also had an insidious effect: the rise of child labor. Until 1842, it was legal and wid (More)
I: Who Will Represent England's Laborers?
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (EBB) opens The Cry of the Children by imploring her “brothers” to pay attention to the crying children: Do ye hear the children weeping, O my brothers Who are these "brothers"? Perhaps EBB is especially thinking of men (More)
III: Liturgy, Lamentation, and a Prayerful Precedent
Upon first glance The Cry of the Children may appear as if, in the midst of such abuse, Elizabeth Barrett Browning scorning Christianity altogether. Read stanza 11 (located below). What impression do you get of Browning’s religious views from these l (More)
IV: Rock Me Softly, Let Me Rest in Peace: Outlooks of Oppressed Victorian Children
A year before The Cry of the Children’s first publication in 1843, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (EBB) penned a brief poem, Rock Me Softly – Softly Mother. Now an obscure Victorian artifact collecting dust, aspects of Rock Me Softly drifted into Cry of (More)
VI: Justice Loves Company: The Cry of the Children perceived in Poems (1850)
When first published in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine in 1843, The Cry of the Children was preceded by a satirical poem, Jolly Father Joe, affecting readings of EBB’s poem.  Blackwood's was a politically conservative publication, so perception of Cr (More)
Digital Map and Timeline for Cry of the Children
  Navigate this interactive digital map to see how Cry of the Children fits into EBB's Victori (More)
V: The Cry of the Children Goes Public: August 1843
The first official publication of The Cry of the Children was in 1843 in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine. This is of particular significance when considering Elizabeth  Barrett Browning’s (EBB) choice to allow this poem to be published in what was a p (More)
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What was it like to be a child working in British factories and mines in the nineteenth century? Click the links below to watch these videos to find out.
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