Blunted Lives: Working Children in East-End Montreal, 1880-1890

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Blunted Lives: Working Children in East-End Montreal, 1880-1890
Abstract
The author compares and contrasts the lives of working-class children in the Montreal municipal wards of St-Laurent, St-Louis, St-Jacques and Ste. Marie between 1880 and 1890. Focusing on a select group of children aged 10 to 16 years through the use of census, demographic and pedagogical data, she investigates the roles that age, gender, parental occupational status, ethnicity and religion played in the work and educational life trajectories of children in Montreal's East-End. The author's research found that adolescent children (14-16 years) of fathers in unskilled occupations were the most likely to be working and the least likely to be in school. Boys and girls residing in female-headed households were generally more likely to be working than their counterparts in male-headed households. Children whose parents held professional/white collar occupations were more likely to be in school than their counterparts whose parents held skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled occupations. And Irish Catholic and English Protestant children were more likely to be in school than their French Catholic counterparts.
Type
Master's Thesis
University
Concordia University
Place
Montreal
Date
2006
Language
en
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Citation
Provost, Kathy C. “Blunted Lives: Working Children in East-End Montreal, 1880-1890.” Master’s Thesis, Concordia University, 2006. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/002/MR20712.PDF.
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