By Katrina Honeyman

Using baby employees used to be frequent in cloth production through the overdue eighteenth century. a very important provide of kid staff used to be through the parish apprenticeship alternate, wherein pauper teenagers may well stream from the 'care' of negative legislation officialdom to the 'care' of early business fabric marketers. This research is the 1st to envision intimately either the method and adventure of parish manufacturing unit apprenticeship, and to light up the function performed via young children in early business enlargement. It demanding situations triumphing notions of exploitation which permeate old dialogue of the early labour strength and questions either the readiness with which parishes 'offloaded' huge numbers in their terrible teenagers to far away factories, and the tough self-discipline assumed to were common between early manufacturing facility masters. eventually the writer explores the way parish apprentices have been used to build a gendered labour strength. Dr Honeyman's e-book is an enormous contribution to experiences in baby labour and to the wider social, monetary, and enterprise historical past of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries.

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