Wives & Mothers in Victorian Industry

Wives & Mothers in Victorian Industry

Wives & Mothers in Victorian Industry

Wives & Mothers in Victorian Industry

Synopsis

Margaret Hewitt discusses the growth of the factory system in England as it affected the home and family life of married women employed in mills and factories.

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This study is an amplification of a more restricted investigation which was presented for a higher degree in historical sociology in the University of London. In the course of writing the original thesis and the present book I have become heavily indebted to a number of people for their help and guidance. I should like to take this opportunity of expressing my sincere thanks to Mr. O. R. McGregor of Bedford College, who first encouraged me to investigate this particular problem; and to Professor D. V. Glass of the London School of Economics and Dr. Ivy Pinchbeck of Bedford College, both of whom supervised the work on it for my higher degree and but for whose advice, direction, and encouragement my efforts would have been doomed to failure. My thanks are also due to the Registrar-General for allowing a random sample of 1871 Census schedules, normally unavailable to the public, to be undertaken in his Department and to the Central Research Fund of the University of London for making a grant to cover the cost of this. The publication of the present book has been made possible by the generous assistance of the Publications Fund of the University of Exeter. How greatly I am indebted to all those who have translated my handwriting into typescript only I, they, and other unfortunates who have to decipher my hand can fully appreciate.

MARGARET HEWITT

Exeter. June 1958 . . .

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