The Farmer's Wife
The Life and Work of Women on the Land
Over 250 period photographs and illustrations help tell the story of rural women in this highly visual social history. Following a review of women’s work on the land, the analysis focuses on 19th century life, from the domestic duties of the country wife in child-rearing, washing and cooking to the shape of the country year and the many agricultural tasks performed by women including haymaking, milking and butter-churning.
Factory Production in Nineteenth-Century Britain
This anthology brings together writings that suggest the scope of responses – from wondrous celebration to apocalyptic horror – elicited by the advent and establishment of the factory system in 19th century Britain. Addressing complex questions about the possible effects of mass production on human life and labour, the collection includes important works by Adam Smith, Ruskin, Carlyle and Morris alongside extracts from lesser-known factory tourists' tales and inspectors' reports, a Luddite pamphlet and a cotton mill worker's autobiography.