I bet they didn't teach you about this in high school history classes. Those classes focused on the noble gentry, the generals, the politicians, and other upstanding individuals. However, one has to wonder what life was like for our ancestors. You know... the everyday folks.
The CBS News web site gives an insight to some of the less-than-noble people of the time. All the photos are of juveniles convicted of crimes in Newcastle, England from 1871 to 1873. Hardened criminals or not, these pictures probably are typical for children of the time, including your ancestors and mine.
The picture above is of 11-year-old Ellen Woodman who was ordered to do 7 days hard labor after being convicted of stealing iron
The images were provided by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. The twenty photos are available at http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-504083_162-10012739.html.
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