Victoria's Children of the Dark

Victoria's Children of the Dark

Life and Death Underground in Victorian England

eBook - 2011
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Victoria's Children of the Dark tells the story of Queen Victoria's invisible subjects -- women and children who labored beneath her "green and pleasant land" harvesting the coal to fuel the furnaces of the industrial revolution. Following the real fortunes of seven-year-old Joey Burkinshaw and his family, Alan Gallop recreates the events surrounding the 1838 Husker Pit disaster at Silkstone, Yorkshire, a tragedy which led to better working conditions for miners. Chained to carts and toiling half-naked for 18-hour shifts in near darkness, children as young as four were employed by mine owners. Yet it was not until the catastrophe at Silkstone, when 26 children were drowned in a mineshaft, that Victoria and her subjects realized that many Britons were existing in virtual slavery. This powerful and dramatic account exposes the real lives and working conditions on nineteenth-century miners. This gripping human story brings history, particularly the history of childhood, to life.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : The History Press, [2011]
ISBN: 9780752469270
Branch Call Number: 363.1196 Ga
Description: 1 online resource (252 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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