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Uprooted: The Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917

Roy Parker


Some 80,000 British children – many of them under the age of ten – were shipped from Britain to Canada by Poor Law authorities and voluntary bodies during the fifty years following Confederation in 1867. How did this come about? What were the motives and methods of the people involved in both countries? Why did it come to an end? What effects did it have on the children involved and what eventually became of them? These are the questions explored in this book, which brings together economic, political, social, medical, legal, administrative, and religious aspects of the story in Britain and Ca ... More

Keywords: British children, Poor Law authorities, voluntary bodies, Canadian Confederation, economic issues, political issues, social issues, medical issues, legal issues, administrative issues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781847420145
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420145.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roy Parker, author