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Boys in the pits : child labour in coal mining

Author: R G McIntosh
Publisher: Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A controversial and chilling examination of child labour in Canadian coal mines, Boys in the Pit shows that beginning early in the nineteenth century, thousands of boys, some as young as eight, laboured underground - driving pit ponies, manipulating ventilation doors, and helping miners cut and load the coal that fuelled the industrial revolution. Boys died in the mines in explosions and accidents but they also  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R G McIntosh
ISBN: 0773520937 9780773520936
OCLC Number: 43573983
Description: xiv, 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The Making of Modern Childhood --
3. Miners, Mine Operators, and Child Labour --
4. Coal Mining Technology and Child Labour --
5. The State and Pit Boys --
6. The Mining Family --
7. Boys in the Mining Community --
8. Boys in the Pits --
9. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Robert McIntosh.
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