I can imagine the glee of our Poor Law
Commissioners at the notion of these seats having arms and backs; but small spines being of older date than their occupation of the Board-room at Somerset House, I thought even this provision very merciful and kind.
Most illogical, inconsequential, and light- headed, this; but travellers in the valley of the shadow of death are apt to be light-headed; and worn-out old people of low estate have a trick of reasoning as indifferently as they live, and doubtless would appreciate our Poor Law
more philosophically on an income of ten thousand a year.
The Treadmill and the Poor Law
are in full vigour, then?
on his Proposed Bill for the Amendment of the Poor Laws
(London, 1807) 2nd.
How and why the intellectual underpinnings of the poor laws
changed over a period of two-hundred and fifty years, that is, their cultural meaning is its key interest.
For example, when the Poor Laws
were revised in the 1840s, bureaucratic motives were not primarily "humanitarian" or "liberal.
The resulting acts, known generally as the Poor Laws
, became a national system of poor relief and created, according to Jonathan Healey, the first welfare state.
Despite the existence of a voluminous literature on various aspects of workhouse life and the operations of the Old and New Poor Laws
, historians have tended to neglect the subject of workhouse medicine or consigned it to an afterthought in their broader studies.
However, during the time of the Rebecca Riots and subsequent destruction of Carmarthen Workhouse, a journalist from The Times reported "universal feelings of detestation" for the poor laws
Normally, about 10% of the inhabitants in a parish received some form of aid through the Poor Laws
For scholars of poor laws
in these two communities, the book will be quite useful as Williams really does go by the numbers, providing lots of charts and graphs of who was given what when.
This collection of fourteen scholarly articles on poverty in Ireland during the era of the Poor Laws
, examines the development of the workhouse system of poverty relief and the effects of this system, and its descendants, through the years of the Great Famine and into the twentieth century.