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Plenty and Want, 3rd Edition by John Burnett, Proffessor John Burnett

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The agricultural labourer

 

 

The standard of life from 1800 to 1834 sank to the lowest possible scale; in the south and west wages paid by employers fell to 3s to 4s per week, augmented by parochial relief from the pockets of those who had no need of labour; and insufficient food has left its mark in the physical degeneracy of the peasantry. Herded together in cottages which, by their imperfect arrangements, violated every sanitary law, generated all kinds of disease, and rendered modesty an unimaginable thing … compelled by insufficient wages ...

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