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Author Duckworth, Jeannie.

Title Fagin's children : criminal children in Victorian England / Jeannie Duckworth.

Published London : Hambledon and London, 2002.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  364.360194 DUCK    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 258 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 1 portrait ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist," with Fagin, Sykes, the Artful Dodger, and children trained as pickpockets and sent out as burglar's accomplices, provides an unforgettable fictional image of the Victorian underworld. "Fagin's Children" is an account of the reality of child crime in 19th century Britain and the reaction of the authorities to it. It reveals both the poverty and misery of many children's lives in the growing industrial cities of Britain and of changing attitudes toward the problem. Inevitably most is known about children who were arrested. While few children were hanged after 1800, their treatment ranged from whipping to imprisonment, sometimes in the hulks, and transportation. Increasingly, elements of training and reclamation came into a system principally aimed at punishment. Fagin's Children is an original and important contrihution both to the history of Victorian crime and to the history of childhood.
Subject Juvenile delinquency -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Children -- Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
ISBN 1852853913