Source G - The Physician

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Using primary sources, exploring opinions about and conditions of child labour in 19th century factories.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Dr Andrew Ure “The Philosophy of Manufactures” (1835). “Ill-treatment of any kind is very rare. I have visited many factories in Manchester and I have never once seen a child beaten. Nor did I ever see a child unhappy. They seemed to be always cheerful and alert. It was delightful to see the ease with which they fixed the broken threads. They were delighted to show off they skill to a stranger. They showed no exhaustion when they left at night; they immediately began to skip about and to play games, the same as boys leaving school.” 
  • 2. 
    Who wrote this source?
  • 3. 
    Why did they write it (what was their likely MOTIVE)?
  • 4. 
    Is it balanced or just one point of view?
  • 5. 
    Give it a mark out of 10. 10 is completely trustworthy (reliable) , 1 is completely unreliable 
  • 6. 
    Write 20-35 words explaining what this source says about conditions for children.