The Working Class And The Civil Government During The Hanoverian Era

1466 Words Dec 1st, 2015 6 Pages
The working class was the majority of the population and unquestioningly underrepresented in the British government during the Hanoverian era and, unfortunately, many eras before and after. Historians and scholars across multiple fields have studied the laws, workforce struggles, and the general social welfare of the lives of the lower class, but the narratives lack the big picture. A case study here may focus on men, another on women, and yet another on the black community, a specific field of work, or how specific laws shaped the lower class lifestyle, but without stepping over some lines can the true image of Hanoverian plebeian society be captured? E.P. Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class is inarguably the keystone of examining plebian culture and yet this source provides nothing on the perspective of women or people of color. The most logical approach at examining plebian society in the Hanoverian era is by laws because of the precise documentation and the copious amounts put into effect or ended during this time. Exploring plebian society through the lens of laws that directly altered their lifestyles, their responses to those laws and other government interventions during this time of marginalization, and how higher society criminalized the poor will allow a presentation of lower class society and the popular opinions thrust upon them.
Laws were made by the wealthy to control the poor and protect a national identity of piety and sophistication.…

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