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HO 44/18 f.37-48,
extract from a letter. The stocking-making industry was flourishing
in Leicestershire. This had been partly mechanised, but was
still based in villages. Like many industries, it employed children
and young people. In this source Meyrick blames the rise in
crime on the end of the old seven year apprenticeship system,
in which young people were under the tight control of their
"master". In the new industrial system, young people
were soon earning their own money and so were independent of
their parents. He goes on to say that this lack of restraint
also leads girls to become pregnant outside marriage.
Think about how each
of the causes of crime Meyrick gives here could actually lead
to crime. Does he think more people are committing crime, or
are the same number of people committing more crimes?
Put some of the examples you have
found from these Sources into your Gallery Worksheet.