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Help Poor Law

Help poor law app

Audience: KS3

Subject: History, English

Topic: Literature, Welfare, Charity, Society, 20th Century, Financial, Class

Question: How would you distribute charity to the applicants who are appearing before you?

Author: Elizabeth Doyle




This resource is designed to help to teach the historical background and context to the question of the welfare of the poor, and the provision of help for people in financial difficulties in the first half of the Twentieth Century. For students of history, it will help to reflect on the concept of ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor. This is also useful when delivering historical context in the study of ‘An Inspector Calls’, as it will help to explore the attitudes towards class and ‘social respectability’ that characterise the Birling family and their associates.