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Class Structures of Victorian England

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Melanie Harvey

on 21 November 2012

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Transcript of Class Structures of Victorian England

Class Structures of
the Victorian Era Background Paupers Working Class Education Upper Class/ Aristocracy Middle Class Jeopardy Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and empress of India.
Victorian Age known for rapid change and developments
Change affected the country's attitude, an age the began with confidence and optimism
Gave way to uncertainty and doubt concerning Britain's place in the world Rough and hard lives
Had no or very little money
Often found on streets without a home or a place to stay
Children viewed as a way to bring more income into the house
experienced poor health, due to poor quality of public health, over crowding of facilities &
absence of running water Split into 2 classes, the upper middle class & the lower middle class
Worked with their hands, wore morning coats, stiff white collars and top hats.
Children saw few of their parents
Boys were sent to work when they became of age
Daughters stayed at home and were expected to marry as soon as possible High demand for women and children
Over worked & worked in unsanitary atmosphere
Laws eventually made which prohibited kids under 9 from working in a factory
women and children under 18 were not allowed to work at night or underground
by the age of 6 most children were working 14 hours a day to help support family or apprenticed Based on gender, parents financial
situations, religion, and social class
upper and middle class boys where sent to public school at the age of 10
Victoria's region brought many improvements to education of children, especially for poor children, as education became free
Classromm was small, dark, and only warmed by a single stove or oven
Classes consisted of 70-80 children
Teachers could not handle that many children, so they had student-teachers that apprenticed for them Did not work
Income came from inherited land and investments
made 30,000 pounds a year on average
Any class or group considered to be superior, as through education, ability, wealth, or social prestige
Children were not raised by mother, but by hired help http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardyx/jeopardy-review-game-convert.php?gamefile=../jeopardy/usergames/Nov201247/jeopardy1353029669.txt Classes pauper definition Working Class
Definition Noun:
1. those persons working for
wages, especially in manual labor.
2. the social or economic class
composed of these workers. Noun:
1. a person without any means
of support, especially a destitute
person who depends on aid
from public welfare funds or charity.
2. a very poor person.
Middle Class Definition Noun:
1. a class of people intermediate between the classes of higher and lower social rank or standing; the social, economic, cultural class, having approximately average status, income, education, tastes, and the like.
2. the class traditionally intermediate between the aristocratic class and the laboring class.
3. an intermediate class. Aristocracy/ Upper Class Definition Noun:
1. a class of persons holding exceptional rank and privileges, especially the hereditary nobility.
2. a government or state ruled by an aristocracy, elite, or privileged upper class.
3. government by those considered to be the best or most able people in the state.
4. a governing body composed of those considered to be the best or most able people in the state.
5. any class or group considered to be superior, as through education, ability, wealth, or social prestige.

Upper class
1. a class of people above the middle class, having the highest social rank or standing based on wealth, family connections, and the like.
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