The Ragged School Movement

  • Norris Pope


‘So commenced the Ragged School Union,’ states a publication of the society, ‘the term “ragged” being first applied to these schools by Charles Dickens.’ 1 The claim is without foundation, but it recalls the importance of Dickens’s early interest in ragged school work. Dickens was unquestionably the most influential literary friend of the schools during the first decade of coordinated ragged school effort, although he increasingly stressed the need for more potent solutions to slum problems and juvenile crime.


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  1. 14.
    Rev. George James Hall, Sought and Saved. A Prize Essay on Ragged Schools and Kindred Institutions (1855) p. 54.Google Scholar
  2. 66.
    Thomas Beggs, An Inquiry into the Extent and Causes of Juvenile Depravity, p. I o. Micaiah Hill and C. F. Cornwallis, Two Prize Essays on Juvenile Delinquency (1853) p. 207.Google Scholar
  3. 67.
    Mary Carpenter, Juvenile Delinquents, Their Condition and Treatment (1853) P. 4.Google Scholar

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