Essay about Social Classes Throughout History

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Social Classes Throughout History The gap between different classes has always been very prominent in history. It was none so prominent as to the 1800s. This time was one of poor and rich, peasants and snobs. The gap between the classes was huge and people thought it would never be bridged. However, towards the late 1800 a tie started to form between the classes. This tie was one of understanding rather than one of comrade. This was represented by dramatic change in attitude towards poverty and it's victims.

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
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As the century progressed, so did the minds and views of the nation and its government. Attitudes towards poverty, especially the cause, were being taken seriously. This started the battle to confront the problem and tackle it heads on.

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

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