Essay about Social Classes Throughout History
In 1834 views on the poor were not sympathetic but harsh and unjust. The old poor law was abolished and it's successor was far …show more content…
Now ideas were changing and the new poor law was slightly softened on its views and dealings with poverty. More out door relief was available which meant less people where being labelled as paupers and moral was heading up. This very slight boost of hope was helped by the electoral reforms of 1817 and 1884. More and more classes and genres of people where gaining the vote. This meant that the government had to start taking into account the views of the less fortunate and lower classes, as they were now potential votes.
This was the time where the upper classes were beginning to become more aware of the severity of the poverty situation. Novelists, artists and reports helped this. A huge example of this is the extremely famous works of Charles Dickens. His Novell "Oliver Twist" was an excellent example of how hard life was for the poor. It was published in weekly instalment of popular newspapers. Small things like this helped give the upper classes a view of the poverty and upset in the lower classes, all adding to the gradual changing of attitudes towards the poor.
But novels were often dismissed as exaggerated pieces of