Nov 30, 2021 • 49M

Podcast: The Workhouse Effect

How Attitudes to the Poor Embraced Cruelty

Annette Laing
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Women in Westminster Workhouse
Eventide in the Westminster Union (Workhouse), London by Hubert von Herkomer, 1878. Note the absence of comfortable seating for the old women, even at this later date, when tea is apparently permitted (teapot in foreground) Image: Public Domain, Wilipedia

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Oliver Twist. That’s probably who you think of when you think of workhouses, and you’re not far wrong. But how did English people get to the point that they thought cruelty to children was okay? And how did they move away from it? This is a story that’s disconcerting, no matter your views on how to deal with poverty.

This the podcast version of The Workhouse Effect, Annette’s original post at Non-Boring History, based on The Workhouse, by Norman Longmate. Read it here:

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