Suzanne Moore’s Review of ‘The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class’

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I found this linked to on Ian Bone’s webpage. It’s Suzanne Moore’s review of Selina Todd’s history of the working class, The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 in the Guardian. It’s worth reading. Particularly interesting are the piece where the book refutes some of the myths of working class life over the past century. She shows, for example, that women were not content to go back from the factory work into which they had moved during the First World War to traditional female jobs in service. They particularly resented the bullying and constant control they experienced at the hands of their masters when working as domestic servants.

She also skewers the idea that in the past, a man’s wages were sufficient to support his wife and family. That also is untrue, and women were forced to work outside the home simply to make ends…

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