a great post in a wonderful way from those days which let us know and feel about it. Thank you, Stefania, ❤ ❤ “When my mother died I was very young,
And my father sold me while yet my tongue
Could scarcely cry ” ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep!”
So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep.”
During the Industrial Revolution thousands of desperate people came to the cities seeking work, but those lucky who managed to find one soon realized that the average wage would have kept them in poverty for the rest of their lives. Justices were given authority over the children of poor families, and began to assign them to apprenticeships to provide them with work, food and shelter.
For master chimney sweeps, these small, defenseless children of powerless or absent parents were the perfect victims to be exploited in their business.
“When my mother died I was very young,And my father sold me while yet my tongueCould scarcely cry ” ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep!”So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep.”
Their apprenticeships lasted seven years or even more, but being generally unsupervised, once the papers were signed, the children were completely left under the power of their…
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