This article will review how the working and the nonworking poor were regulated by 500 years of English poor laws. It will conclude with ideas about the principles which have since evolved to regulate the working and nonworking poor.
Quigley, William P.
"Five Hundred Years of English Poor Laws, 1349-1834: Regulating the Working and Nonworking Poor,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 30
, Article 4.
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