Routledge Revivals: Charles Booth's London (1969): A Portrait of the Poor at the Turn of the Century, Drawn from His

Routledge Revivals: Charles Booth's London (1969)

A Portrait of the Poor at the Turn of the Century, Drawn from His "Life and Labour of the People in London", 1st Edition

Edited by Albert Fried, Richard M. Elman


384 pages

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First published in 1969, this book presents a one-volume anthology of Charles Booth’s Life and Labour of the People in London, the classic early study of the poor in the urban environment. The original text consists of a vast compendium of descriptions of families, homes, streets, conditions of work, cultural and religious practices, much of it illustrated with charts, maps and statistics — giving the public an idea of the dimensions and meaning of poverty. The editors have selected the extracts in this book for their vividness, readability and intrinsic interest, and their introduction conveys the context of 1880s London — relating Booth’s investigations to contemporary concerns.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Raymond Williams; Prefatory Note; Introduction; Chapter 1 Poverty; The School Board Visitors The Setting The Eight Classes Some Examples of Class A Poverty by Districts Standards of Living Household Economics London Street by Street; Chapter 2 Occupations; Sweating Confectionary Bread-baking Prostitution; Chapter 3 The Jews of London; The Jewish Community; Chapter 4 Religion and Culture; Religion Habits of the People Institutions; Chapter 5 Illustrations: Random Observations from Booth’s Notebooks; Chapter 6 Recommendations; Economic Conditions of Life Various Methods of Inquiry Eliminating Poverty Industrial Remedies The Organization of Charity Housing Expansion Conclusion; Bibliography

About the Editors

Albert Fried is Professor of history at the State University of New York, Purchase. He has published many books and was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Richard M. Elman was a novelist, poet, journalist, and teacher. At various times over the course of his career, he taught creative writing: at Bennington College (1967- 68), Bennington College Summer Writing Workshop (1974-), Columbia University (1968-1976), Sarah Lawrence (1970), The University of Pennsylvania (1981-83), University of Arizona (Fall 1985)Notre Dame, and Stony Brook University.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Social History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes