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Explanation and Assessment

Roy Parker

in Uprooted

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9781847420145
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304142 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420145.003.0015
Explanation and Assessment

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts about this episode in the history of British children. The most profound iniquity of the emigration movement lay in the psychological damage that it inflicted on the children. Their trans-shipment to another country without adequate support or protection did nothing to mitigate the emotional upheavals that many had already suffered in Britain. Emotional hurt was likely to have been heaped on already existing emotional hurt. Indeed, the children sent abroad were likely to have been among the least able to deal with the inevitable stresses and strains that that entailed. In making an assessment of the emigration schemes to Canada over the years from 1867 to 1917, therefore, it is these effects that demand to be regarded as the key criterion, notwithstanding the physical hardships, exploitation, and the denial of adequate schooling which many endured at the time.

Keywords: British children; child emigration; emigration movement; Canada

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