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Early Nineteenth Century: It is nearly impossible for people born into poverty to escape it, although the growth of cities and factory jobs lures many to attempt to work their way out of destitution. The lack of employment regulations puts men, women, and children into dangerous jobs, where they literally risk life and limb. The Poor Law of 1834 cancels a policy of governmental handouts to the poor, so they are forced into unhealthy and inhumane workhouses run by the state.

1980: The social consciousness of Great Britain has resulted in a substantially socialist government that subsidizes business and provides social services. However, the recent election of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister (1979) introduces an era of increased privatization of social services, thus returning England to a more capitalistic economy.

Today: Despite the movement away from socialism of the 1980s, Britain continues to offer comprehensive social services to the poor...

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