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Learning Curve
Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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An article from the Daily Chronicle of 2 June 1898 describing a case of 'phossy jaw'
(Catalogue ref: HO 45/9849/B12393D, Associated Newspapers)
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HO 45/9849/B12393D; article on a case of 'phossy jaw', 1898

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What was 'phossy jaw'?
  • What had the firm done wrong?
  • How had 'phossy jaw' affected the workers?
  • Do you think the result of the trial was a fair one?
  • If the firm knew about the problem of 'phossy jaw', why do you think they tried to keep it quiet for as long as they did?
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