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How accurate is it to call the 1830s a decade of Reform?

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Edward Morgan 1.11.01 How accurate is it to call the 1830s a decade of Reform? The period during the 1830s is most commonly know as the decade of reform for the British government. Lord Grey and the Whigs pledged to refresh the old fashioned, aristocratic government, and replace it with a new parliament whom would bring around major changes to British society as a whole. However were the Whigs repressing or reforming society, and were they reforming all areas of British society? What did they do to redress the balance within society itself? ...read more.

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Therefore the issue of reform was not as important a subject as was the balance between these interests. The Whigs needed to solve the problems concerning the working classes. The Working classes had often caused problems for the government itself owing to their ever increasing size. The working classes were the backbone of society, and without them the country would not run. Therefore the Whigs had to satisfy the Working classes by passing legislation in their favour. Factory conditions had always been abysmal, and thus had been a source of concern for some time. ...read more.

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The law itself was very difficult to impose, because parents who relied on the income produced by the children lied about their child's age so that they could work longer hours. However despite all the problems it was a start of factory legislation, and the Royal Commission was used in the future for the further reforms of the factories. This act was humanitarian and can definitely be seen as a step in the direction of reform. However the Working classes were not always treated in this way. One of the most hated legislation passed in British history was passed in the Decade of Reform; the Poor Law of 1834. This policy was passed for economic reasons, not humanitarian reasons. ...read more.

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