• Tanya Evans


Lone mothers captivated the public imagination of the mid-eighteenth century as concern about population decline swept through the corridors of power across the Continent. Many of the great and the good, Jonas Hanway, William Hogarth, as well as many other merchants, noblemen, politicians, artists and writers, became convinced of the need to aid poor women and their children in the promotion of national prosperity, expansion, humanitarianism and self-interest. Despite the increasing ideological significance of motherhood, the experience of pauper motherhood remained much the same during this period. The eighteenth century was characterised by a variety of familial forms, experiences and relationships and many of society’s poorest were forced to follow rocky paths to marriage and motherhood.


Eighteenth Century Literacy Skill Poor Woman Unmarried Mother Lone Mother 
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