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Fagin's Children Criminal Children in Victorian England

Duckworth, Jeannie

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ISBN 10: 1852853913 / ISBN 13: 9781852853914
Published by Hambledon & London, 2002
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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A near fine copy of this study of the reality of child crime in the 19th century industrial cities of Britain and the reaction of the authorities to it. In near fine dw. All proceeds from this sale go to Oxfam. Bookseller Inventory # 002848

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Title: Fagin's Children Criminal Children in ...

Publisher: Hambledon & London

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, with Fagin, Sykes, the Artful Dodger, and children trained as pickpockets and sent out as burglar’s accomplices, provides an unforgettable fictional image of the Victorian underworld. Fagin’s Children is an account of the reality of child crime in 19th century Britain and the reaction of the authorities to it. It reveals both the poverty and misery of many children’s lives in the growing industrial cities of Britain and of changing attitudes toward the problem.

Inevitably most is known about children who were arrested. While few children were hanged after 1800, their treatment ranged from whipping to imprisonment, sometimes in the hulks, and transportation. Increasingly, elements of training and reclamation came into a system principally aimed at punishment. Fagin's Children is an original and important contrihution both to the history of Victorian crime and to the history of childhood.

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Jeannie Duckworth has written widely on 19th century crime.

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