Unquiet Country: Voices of the Rural Poor, 1820-1880

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Windgather, 2005 - History - 162 pages
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We rarely hear the past voices of the rural poor - the labourers dependent on casual employment, the workhouse inmates, the dispossessed. This book lets them tell their own story. It is, frequently, a story of bitterness and resentment, and one that bursts occasionally into outright rebellion. To many who occupied the early-Victorian countryside, injustice seemed part of the landscape. Robert Lee draws on a remarkable set of historical sources from Norfolk which show how the experience of poverty could lead people into social transgression and political resistance. Using dramatisations of contemporary accounts he presents a series of disturbing true stories, and goes on to assess what each one can tell us about the reality of nineteenth-century rural society. Insurrection, riot, execution, witchcraft, seduction - Unquiet Country visits the dark side of the Age of Improvement.

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Contents

Seems we have a Revolution on our Hands
21
Countdown to Riot
45
The Strange Case of Elizabeth Rudds Baby
63
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Dr Robert Lee is a Research Fellow at the University of Teesside, specialising in nineteenth century regional history

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