The Village Labourer

1760-1832: A Study in the Government of England before the Reform Bill


by J. L. and Barbara Hammond
Originally published 1911

... The men who pay wages ought not to be the political masters of those who earn them (because laws should be adapted to those who have the heaviest stake in the country, for whom misgovernment means not mortified pride or stinted luxury, but want and pain, and degradation and risk to their own lives and to their children's souls) ...

Chapter I in the First Edition, The Concentration of Power, was omitted from subsequent editions. It seems that too many people were put off by the conclusions in Chapter I and consequently the remainder of the book was called into question, labeled unobjective, leftist, or worse. 

New Edition, 1920.

This volume describes how Enclosure Awards affected life in England. Fowler used it for his own background research; the full text book is presented here in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.
Section Title
Chapter One The village before enclosure
Chapter Two Enclosure (1)
Chapter Three Enclosure (2)
Chapter Four The village after enclosure
Chapter Five The labourer in 1795
Chapter Six The remedies of 1795
Chapter Seven After Speenhamland
Chapter Eight The isolation of the poor
Chapter Nine The village in 1830
Chapter Ten The last labourers' revolt (I)
Chapter Eleven The last labourers' revolt (II)
Chapter Twelve Conclusion

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