Destiny Obscure: Autobiographies of Childhood, Education and Family From the 1820s to the 1920s

2nd Edition

Proffessor John Burnett, John Burnett

Routledge
Published June 30, 1994
Reference - 388 Pages
ISBN 9780415104012 - CAT# RU12208

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Summary

In this companion volume to Useful Toil, John Burnett has drawn extensively on over eight hundred previously unpublished manuscripts. The result is a unique record of childhood that reveals in intimate detail the trials and hard-won triumphs of nineteenth-century working-class life. Besides affording rare insights into the developing child's world of dreams, hopes and fears, they reflect a crucial period in the evolution of a family tradition; a time when, to counteract the brutalizing pressures of urbanization and industrialization, ordinary people turned to each other for support.
Children have seldom had a voice in history: these writers and their experiences take their place as part of the essential fabric of our past.

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