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Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine   By: (1817-1890)

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In "Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine," Edwin Waugh offers readers an intimate and profound exploration of the lesser-known aspects of the Industrial Revolution. Through his meticulous research and empathetic storytelling, Waugh sheds light on the daily struggles, resilience, and remarkable perseverance demonstrated by the factory workers during the Cotton Famine in Lancashire.

One of the remarkable aspects of this book is Waugh's ability to transport the reader back in time, allowing us to become fully immersed in the lives of these often overlooked individuals. His vivid descriptions paint a clear picture of the factory workers' living conditions, creating a sense of empathy and understanding for their plight. From the cramped and dilapidated houses to the constant threat of starvation, the author highlights the devastating impact the Cotton Famine had on the working-class families.

What truly sets this book apart is Waugh's ability to capture the nuanced emotions of the Lancashire factory folk. He delves into their innermost thoughts and dreams, providing glimpses into their ambitions and fears. As a result, the characters become multi-dimensional and relatable, transcending the boundaries of time and class. Throughout the book, readers witness the remarkable strength of the individuals who, despite facing hardship on a daily basis, never lose hope or succumb to despair.

It is worth mentioning the depth of historical detail present within each chapter. Waugh's attention to detail is evident as he expertly weaves primary sources and personal anecdotes into the narrative, allowing readers to gain a comprehensive understanding of the era. The meticulous research not only enhances the authenticity of the story but also provides a valuable educational resource for those interested in the history of the Industrial Revolution.

Although the book delves into the harsh realities of the period, it also offers glimpses of resilience, solidarity, and even moments of joy. Waugh skillfully captures the spirit of unity and compassion that emerged within the Lancashire community during their collective struggle. These moments serve as a reminder of the power and strength that can be found in human connection, even in the face of adversity.

"Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine" is a remarkable testament to the human capacity for resilience and hope. Edwin Waugh's masterful storytelling and meticulous research come together to create an enlightening and emotionally impactful narrative. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of the Industrial Revolution, as well as those seeking a deeper understanding of the resilience of the human spirit.

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Many thanks to Peter Moulding who transcribed this eText. email: p e t e r @ m o u l d i n g n a m e . i n f o







Author of "Lancashire Sketches", "Poems and Lancashire Songs", "Tufts of Heather from the Northern Moors", etc, etc.

"Hopdance cries in poor Tom's belly for two white herrings. Croak not, black angel: I have no food for thee." King Lear.


Chap. Page I 1 Among the Blackburn Operatives II 13 " " III 23 Among the Preston Operatives IV 32 " " V 40 " " VI 48 " " VII 59 " " VIII 69 " " IX 79 " " X 87 " " XI 97 " " XII 107 " " XIII 115 " " XIV 123 " " XV 132 Among the Wigan Operatives XVI 139 " " XVII 147 " " XVIII 155 " " XIX 163 " " XX 171 " " XXI 179 " " XXII 189 An Incident by the Wayside XXIII 197 Wandering Minstrels; or, Wails of the Workless Poor


209 Letters of a Lancashire Lad 217 Mr Cobden's Speech 227 Speech of the Earl of Derby

253 Songs of Distress chiefly written during the Cotton Famine


The following chapters are reprinted from the columns of the Manchester Examiner and Times, to which Paper they were contributed by the Author during the year 1862... Continue reading book >>

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