Book review - The Industrious Child Worker

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The Industrious Child Worker

Child labour and childhood in Birmingham and the West Midlands, 1750–1900

Author: Mary Nejedly

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This book deals with the child workers in the industries in Birmingham and the West Midlands from the mid eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century.  Children made a valuable contribution to the family finances and families were encouraged to move from rural areas so that their children could work from an early age.  Mary Nejedly's book also emphasises the important role played by child workers in industrialisation itself.  Both children's education and health could and did suffer.  Her research sheds fresh light on the life of working children and increases our knowledge of an important aspect of social and economic history.