The Classic Slum: Salford Life in the First Quarter of the Century

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Penguin Publishing Group, Jul 26, 1990 - History - 288 pages
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A study which combines personal reminiscences with careful historical research, the myth of the 'good old days' is summarily dispensed with; Robert Roberts describes the period of his childhood, when the main affect of poverty in Edwardian Salford was degredation, and, despite great resources of human courage, few could escape such a prison.

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User Review  - Sandydog1 - LibraryThing

More than just a college assigned reading text. This was quit entertaining and not too bleak. Social norms, dating, food, health care, sex, it's all there, addressed in an aloof anthropological tone. Read full review

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The Classic Slum – Brilliant Social History of the Slums I have recently re-read this classic book of social history, The Classic Slum wipes away any ‘romantic’ thoughts about early 20th century ... Read full review

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About the author (1990)

Robert Roberts was born in a Salford slum in 1905, the son of corner shopkeepers. After school he was an engineering apprentice for seven years and was then unemployed for three years, during which he studied languages and how to start a revolution. While a teacher he began to write stories, plays, BBC scripts and stories, several of which won him scholarships and awards. After sixteen years of hill farming, Robert Roberts started to teach in prisons and became an acknowledged expert on adult illiteracy. Until his death, he was a well-known lecturer on this subject, both in universities and on the BBC. His other books are Imprisoned Tongues and A Ragged Schooling.

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