In the 1870s, poor families had to cope with increased competition from manufacturers overseas. They had to learn to make clothes in bulk.
Indulging children is a relatively modern concept. In 1870s England, children were needed to work from sun up to sun down.
A global financial crisis, coupled with a devastating potato famine forced many Irish people to emigrate to England in the 1870s, where they were treated appallingly.
In the slums of London, people needed to 'pad out' their food with chalk and sand to make it last. But food wasn't the only hardship.
There was very little sympathy for poor families in 1870s London. If you fell behind, you were either judged as 'deserving' or 'undeserving' of welfare support.
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