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The Other Half Victorian England has been dramatized into a blissful time of prosperity and great discovery for the rich but then there was the other half Victorian England grew to fast said Patrick Rooke it had no laws to cope with its increase in technology and so it fell back upon itself and the class gap widened 39 Before the Victorian era there was an immense growth in factory production and disease The later having a profound effect on medical discoveries Laws could not keep up with new factories and after they became strong parts of the government there was nothing that politicians could do to stop them from making 3 year olds work ten-hour days Sanitation was also a big problem in London there was no personal hygiene disease was the number one killer Out of eight people seven of them would die of disease and the other one would die of natural causes including violence Crime was an outlet for many poverty-stricken families who taught their kids how to steal at a very young age and for a living the whole family went out every day and robbed people on the streets The courts also needed some help catching up with society if you stole a loaf of bread you were given the same punishment as a murderer Death This unequal way of judging people came around because the only people in courts were nobles who would gladly exterminate any poor person with out second thoughts Charles Dickens used this as a common theme in his novel A Tale of Two Cities He talks about verdicts that are set before the trial takes place and nobles who refer to the poor as rats and dogs Not until the end of the 1800s did the upper class recognize that the poor had problems and with out them England could never become the most dominant country in Europe Finally reforms began to be made
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