Poor Living In The 19th Century

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19th century England was not a pleasant place. It was hard for the rich, but even more so the poor. Adults and children both had to deal with unsanitary conditions, crowds, and pollution in the water forcing them to drink alcohol. These things are part of the reason half of the deaths in London were children younger than ten. The children born into poor families had to work, while the rich received education. Boys working might have been chimney sweeps as they were the only ones small enough to fit and girls could have been washer women for the upper class. Any child working would peddle goods on the street, or was put in a workhouse. Children made up about ⅓ of the workhouse population. Andrea Warren in says in her book, “workhouse officials

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