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Author Berry, Helen.

Title ORPHANS OF EMPIRE : the fate of london's foundlings
Published [Place of publication not identified], OXFORD UNIV Press, 2019
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Contents Intro; ORPHANS EMPIRE: The fate of London's foundlings; Copyright; Dedication; PREFACE; CONTENTS; LIST OF FIGURES; Chapter 1: Empire; Chapter 2: 'My Darling Project'; Chapter 3: A Fashionable Cause; Chaper 4: Foundling Education; Chapter 5: Finding Work; Chapter 6: Industry and Idleness; Chapter 7: Cruelty and Kindness; Chapter 8: Outrageous Fortune; Chapter 9: Epilogue: Welfare, philanthropy, and the future; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; NOTES; 1. Empire; 2. 'My Darling Project'; 3. A Fashionable Cause; 4. Foundling Education; 5. Finding Work; 6. Industry and Idleness; 7. Cruelty and Kindness
8. Outrageous Fortune9. Epilogue: Welfare, Philanthropy,and the Future; SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY; Manuscript Sources; British Library; East Riding Record Office; Foundling Museum, London; London Metropolitan Archive; National Archives, Kew; Primary Printed Sources; Books/Pamphlets; Newspapers and Periodicals; Secondary Sources; Britain and Empire; Childhood, Youth, and Apprenticeship; Foundling Hospitals: General History; Poverty and the Poor Laws; Social and Economic History; Unpublished Theses; PICTURE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; INDEX
Summary Eighteenth-century London was teeming with humanity, and poverty was never far from politeness. Legend has it that, on his daily commute through this thronging metropolis, Captain Thomas Coram witnessed one of the city's most shocking sights-the widespread abandonment of infant corpses by the roadside. He could have just passed by. Instead, he devised a plan to create a charity that would care for these infants; one that was to have enormous consequences for children born into poverty in Britain over the next two hundred years.0Orphans of Empire tells the story of what happened to the thousands of children who were raised at the London Foundling Hospital, Coram's brainchild, which opened in 1741 and grew to become the most famous charity in Georgian England. It provides vivid insights into the lives and fortunes of London's poorest children, from the earliest days of the Foundling Hospital to the mid-Victorian era, when Charles Dickens was moved by his observations of the charity's work to campaign on behalf of orphans. Through the lives of London's foundlings, this book provides readers with a street-level insight into the wider global history of a period of monumental change in British history as the nation grew into the world's leading superpower. Some foundling children were destined for Britain's 'outer Empire' overseas, but many more toiled in the 'inner Empire', labouring in the cotton mills and factories of northern England at the dawn of the new industrial age.0Through extensive archival research, Helen Berry uncovers previously untold stories of what happened to former foundlings, including the suffering and small triumphs they experienced as child workers during the upheavals of the Industrial Revolution. Sometimes, using many different fragments of evidence, the voices of the children themselves emerge
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Subject King, George
Foundling Hospital (London, England) -- History.
Child labor -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century.
Child labor -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
Foundlings -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century.
Foundlings -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
Orphans -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century.
Orphans -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191076112 (electronic bk.)
9780191076114 (electronic bk.)