Part 1: Attitudes towards the poor
In groups, examine one of the following quotations. Each of these quotations was written in Victorian times about the lives of the poor.
Consider the following questions then choose a spokesperson to share your findings with the rest of the group.
• Does the author have a generally positive or negative view of the poor?
‘“Heaven helps those who help themselves” … Whatever is done for men or classes, to a certain extent takes away the stimulus and necessity of doing for themselves.’
Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (1851)
William Booth, In Darkest England and the Way Out (1890)
‘Their life is the life of savages, with vicissitudes of extreme hardship and their only luxury is drink.’
Charles Booth, The Maps Descriptive of London Poverty, Inquiry into Life and Labour in London (1886-1903)
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