Black Dwarf,  1 (1817), 465–76.

Letters of the Black Dwarf. From the Black Dwarf, to the Yellow Bonze, at Japan. Mr Owen's Plan for the Growth of Paupers.

The Black Dwarf, pseud.  [Thomas J Wooler] *


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    The problem of starvation among the poor is described as analogous to a plague: 'the poor remain nearly in the same state, and the distress gangrening into misery, threatens a national plague, that must carry off the infection, or the infected' (466). Goes on to relate Robert Owen's proposal for his 'Spencean Plan' to combat starvation by creating pauper-barracks where the poor are 'to maintain themselves, by working in the agricultural department principally' (469).

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