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The Industrious Child Worker
The Industrious Child Worker

The Industrious Child Worker

Child Labour and Childhood in Birmingham and the West Midlands, 1750 - 1900



256 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $33.95 (US $33.95) (CA $45.95)

Publication Date: September 2021

ISBN 9781912260430

Rights: WOR X UK & EUR

University Hertfordshire Press (Sep 2021)
West Midlands Publications

Price: $33.95


Studies of child labour have examined the experiences of child workers in agriculture, mining, and textile mills, yet surprisingly little research has focused on child labour in manufacturing towns. This book investigates the extent and nature of child labour in Birmingham and the West Midlands, from the mid-eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. It considers the economic contributions of child workers under the age of 14 and the impact of early work on their health and education.

Author Biography

Mary Nejedly is a research associate at the Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham and also has a PhD from the University of Birmingham.