Uprooted: The Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917

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Policy Press, 2010 - Social Science - 354 pages
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"Some 80,000 British children - many of them under the age of ten - were shipped from Britain to Canada by Poor Law authorities and voluntary bodies during the 50 years following Confederation in 1867. How did this come about? What were the motives and methods of the people involved in both countries? Why did it come to an end? What effects did it have on the children involved and what eventually became of them? These are the questions Roy Parker explores in a meticulously researched work that brings together economic, political, social, medical, legal, administrative and religious aspects of the story in Britain and Canada. He concludes with a moving review of evidence from more recent survivors of child migration, discussing the lifelong effects of their experiences with the help of modern psychological insights." "His book - humane and highly professional - will capture and hold the interest of many: the academic, the practitioner and the general reader; and they will include --
 

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This volume is a scholarly look at the people and policies that resulted in the shipment of thousands of poor British children to Canada in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Much of ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Background
3
2 Early Initiatives
19
3 Checks and Balances
39
4 The Issue of Inspection
53
5 The Second Wave of Organised Protestant Child Emigration
67
6 The Catholic Response
91
7 The Unorganised Emigrationists
111
8 Canadian Demand for Child Labour
129
11 The Reformatories and Industrial Schools
189
12 What Befell the Children
209
13 Parents Rights Consent and Legislation
235
14 Into the Twentieth Century
253
15 Explanation and Assessment
273
Notes
295
References
333
Index
345

9 Canadian Opposition to Child Immigration
151
10 The Management of the Opposition in Canada
171

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Roy Parker, Fellow, Centre for Social Policy, Dartington

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