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‘Unfortunate Objects’

Lone Mothers in Eighteenth-Century London

  • Authors
  • Tanya Evans

About this book

Introduction

This book analyzes how poor eighteenth-century London women coped when they found themselves pregnant, their survival networks and the consequences of bearing an illegitimate child. It does so by exploring the encounters between poor women and the parish as well as London's lying-in hospitals and the Foundling Hospital. It suggests that unmarried mothers did not constitute a deviant minority within London's plebeian community. In fact, many could expect to find compassion rather than ostracism a response to their plight. All poor mothers, left without the support of their child's father, shared similar strategies of survival and economies of makeshift.

Keywords

child community Encounter father hospital minority networks women work

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230509856
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51968-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-50985-6
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