A brief history of “starvation in the streets” in mid-Victorian England

In his Companion to ‘Our Mutual Friend,’ Michael Cotsell includes an extended note about the prevalence of starvation in the streets in mid-19th century Britain and the attempts to improve the Poor Laws.  His brief history is a useful supplement, I think, to Podsnap’s discourse on the poor (Book 1, Chapter 11) and the conclusion of Betty Higden’s “long journey” (Book 3, Chapter 8).

Starvation in the Streets (from The Companion to ‘Our Mutual Friend’)

— Tom

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