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Black Country ÉlitesThe Exercise of Authority in an Industrialized Area, 1830-1900$
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Richard H. Trainor

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203551

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203551.001.0001

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Coercion and Consensus: The Poor Law and Philanthropy

Coercion and Consensus: The Poor Law and Philanthropy

(p.285) 7 Coercion and Consensus: The Poor Law and Philanthropy
Black Country Élites

Richard H. Trainor

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines poor relief, philanthropy and the Poor Law, the two important areas of social leadership of the local government of the Black Country in England during the period from 1830 to 1900. Poor relief and the Poor Law were less coercive than industrial relations or public order activities but they dealt more continuously and directly with the basic problems of social relations than did religion or parliamentary politics. Voluntary societies and the local government provided the Black Country elites with the best opportunities to make a positive impact on the district.

Keywords:   poor relief, philanthropy, Poor law, Black Country, England, industrial relations, public order, elites, religion, parliamentary politics

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