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UprootedThe Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917$
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Roy Parker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420145

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420145.001.0001

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Explanation and Assessment

Explanation and Assessment

(p.273) fifteen Explanation and Assessment

Roy Parker

Policy Press

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts about this episode in the history of British children. The most profound iniquity of the emigration movement lay in the psychological damage that it inflicted on the children. Their trans-shipment to another country without adequate support or protection did nothing to mitigate the emotional upheavals that many had already suffered in Britain. Emotional hurt was likely to have been heaped on already existing emotional hurt. Indeed, the children sent abroad were likely to have been among the least able to deal with the inevitable stresses and strains that that entailed. In making an assessment of the emigration schemes to Canada over the years from 1867 to 1917, therefore, it is these effects that demand to be regarded as the key criterion, notwithstanding the physical hardships, exploitation, and the denial of adequate schooling which many endured at the time.

Keywords:   British children, child emigration, emigration movement, Canada

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