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Problems of Poverty

An Inquiry into the Industrial Condition of the Poor

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Author: John A. Hobson
Published: 1891
Language: English
Wordcount: 68,206 / 212 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.8
LoC Category: HN
Downloads: 492
Added to site: 2006.10.29 15092
Genre: Non-fiction

ng on intermittent earnings of from 18s. to 21s. for a moderate- sized family. Low-skilled labourers, poorer artizans, street-sellers, small shopkeepers, largely constitute this class, the curse of whose life is not so much low wages as irregularity of employment, and the moral and physical degradation caused thereby. Above these, forming the top stratum of "poor," comes a large class, numbering 129,000, or 14½ per cent., dependent upon small regular earnings of from 18s. to 21s., including many dock-and water-side labourers, factory and warehouse hands, car-men, messengers, porters, &c. "What they have comes in regularly, and except in times of sickness in the family, actual want rarely presses, unless the wife drinks."

"As a general rule these men have a hard struggle, but they are, as a body, decent, steady men, paying their way and bringing up their children respectably" (p. 50).

Mr Booth, in confining the title "poor" to this 35 per cent. of the population of East London, takes,



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