1st Edition

Bread, Knowledge and Freedom A Study of Nineteenth-Century Working Class Autobiography

By David Vincent Copyright 1981

    First published in 1981, Bread, Knowledge and Freedom is a study of 142 working class autobiographies all of which cover some part of the period between 1790 and 1850. It is a full-scale examination of a form of source material that is significantly extensive. The book illustrates many aspects of ordinary working-class family life as well as the working-class pursuit of knowledge and literacy and the attempts of the middle-class educators to impose their notion of ‘useful knowledge.’ Dr. Vincent concludes with an assessment of the contribution of autobiography to nineteenth century working class history. This book will be of interest to students of history, sociology and literature.

    Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Sense of the Past 3. Love and Death 4. The Family Economy 5. Childhood 6. The Pursuit of Books 7. The Idea of Useful Knowledge 8. Knowledge and Freedom 9. Past and Present Bibliography Index


    David Vincent