In the 19th century, alot of people could not read or write, diseases such as Cholera and smallpox were common, then came the great reformers and their reforms. The Men and Women who had a social caring feeling for their community and society. Some were rich and used their wealth to benefit their employers for example Salt in Yorkshire, and even before that Robert Owen, and some were fighters of rights and knew only too well the problems of the poor.
In time though the problems were great and the individuals who saw only the worthy and the unworthy, yet made millions often won the battle and the health of the many nor the education were encouraged, the reformers made headway and parliament passed legislation to establish methods whereby the many would be educated and disease did not walk the streets where once only the rubbish of a town would exist to infect and cause illness.
A society developed which cared for citizens, in sickness and health and helped them to grow and develop.Mothers were given free vitamins and minerals when expecting, and at school milk was free to help growth and development. It seemed to be accepted that a good meal and healthy food helped develop the growing brain and prevent infection.
Saw some photographs of old milk churns, the other day and read of the way milk was delivered at schools in the 1950’s in England, when reading about history being taught in the national curriculum. wondered who knew of the history of the development of the society from the 19th century and would it be considered. After all such knowledge tells us where we have been, how we got to where we are now and How we will get to where we will go in the future. But I have heard alot of people say why bother about learning this, it is writing reading and arithmetic that matter – the three R’s. That’s also in Dicken’s too.