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Poverty map of Old Nichol slum, East End of London, showing Bethnal Green Road, from Charles Booth’s Labour and Life of the People. Volume 1: East London (London: Macmillan, 1889).

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from The Independent

Revealed: Industrial Revolution was powered by child slaves

Child labour was the crucial ingredient which allowed Britain's Industrial Revolution to succeed, new research by a leading economic historian has concluded.

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from the Guardian

How activism forced Nike to change its ethical game

Many large corporations have built factories in developing countries such as China, where they can get away with paying workers little to nothing for long working hours and harsh working conditions. One company that came under fire for sweatshops was Nike, who moved their factories from the US to Taiwan, Vietnam, China and South Korea to bypass US working regulations. Campaigns spread word about Nike’s child labour and unethical practices, damaging their reputation and forcing them to repair…

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from Mail Online

By John Preston

The working classes had a thoroughly rotten time of it during the Industrial Revolution - or so history books maintain. The Industrial Revolution came as a tremendous boom to a lot of working people: they earned far more than they had done before, escaped lives of crushing poverty and for the first time began to exert some measure of control over their lives.

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The Women’s Library @ LSE (London School of Economics) digital collections include a representative selection of the personal, political, and economic struggles that have symbolized women’s battle for equality over the past 500 years. The collection includes pamphlets, magazines, journals, documents, photographs, postcards, and books.

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from The Economist

A background guide to “Brexit” from the European Union

In graphics: Britain’s referendum on EU membership: A background guide to “Brexit” from the European Union | The Economist

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Taking care of farm animals: a common task for children who were too young to work in the fields or around a hot stove in the kitchen. It was also a great way to introduce kids to the economics of farm labour.

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from Mail Online

The photographs that shamed America: Harrowing images of child labourers that show children as young as three forced to do back-breaking work in fields, factories and mines

The late 19th – early 20th century industrial revolution in the U.S. was nasty and quite short for many very young working kids

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from Business Insider

The 13 women who transformed the world of economics

Millicent Fawcett (1847-1929) political economics, labour economics, feminist and campaigner for women's rights

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