The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 is one of the most important
pieces of social legislation ever enacted. Its principles and the
workhouse system dominated attitudes to welfare provision for the
next 80 years. This new "Seminar Study" explores the changing ideas
to poverty over this period and assesses current debates on
Victorian attitudes to the poor. David Englander reviews the old
system of poor relief; he considers how the New Poor Law was
enacted and received and looks at how it worked in practice. The
chapter on the Scottish experience will be particularly welcomed,
as will Dr Englander's discussion of the place of the Poor Law
within British history.
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