The City Of Today

Glorious, glorious England. As the Empire spreads some say "so does its
glory"; others mumble of the price which we pay for our greatness. Many
of us Londoners have read, if not discussed, the intriguing debate
transpiring between Sir Andrew Ure and Sir James Phillips Kay. Are the
cities of great England truly representative of the jewels in Her
Majesty\'s Crown? Or are they the stain of exploitation and abuse that
some have proclaimed?
Sir James Phillips Kay, an M.D. at Edinburgh and the Secretary
to the Manchester Board of Health, has recently published a work titled,
"The Moral And Physical Conditions of the Working-Class Employed in
Cotton Manufacturing in Manchester." (Kay/Ure Debate, Handout) He
argues quite persuasively about those poor wretches living in the most
hideous of conditions. Half the blame he attributes to the Irish and
the other half to the environment of an industrialised city. The
Irish immigrants have brought to Manchester a system called "cottier
farming". Sir James argues that this system is responsible for the
"demoralisation and barbarism" of the working-class. If that is not bad
enough, the potato has been introduced as a main article of food.
Influenced by the Irish subsistence living, the working-class are
abandoning those values which promote increasing comfort. They
seemingly have given up the hope of betterment and adopted hopelessness.
Sir James does well in his description of the living conditions
of the working class is living in. The mere thought of such suffering
and misery is shocking to the soul.
The problem Kay argues, is caused by combinations of poor living
and working conditions, lack of education, influence by a lesser culture
and the presence of great immorality. This recently published work is
a plea to the Capitalist, to convince him to concern himself with his
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workers.
Andrew Mearns, another prominent fellow on these matters goes
into even greater detail in his work, "The Bitter Cry of Outcast
London". Making a study of our city, he has reported, with astonishing
detail, that the filth present in Manchester can be found in this city!
Mr. Mearns makes his argument to the church in his call to unite
and fight this growing misery together. He cites examples of
immorality, poverty and heart-breaking misery. His call also addresses
the need for the state to intervene on the behalf of the organisations
trying to elevate the working-classes\' misery.
What can be done for the motherless children, diseased and
ailing siblings and the poor forced into thievery for filthy lucre?
Nothing! Yes, that is correct. We are to do nothing. Sir
Andrew Ure, an M.D., who teaches in the university at Glasgow is a
proponent of this controversial mind set. Traveling to these various
"terrible" places, Sir Andrew came to a completely different
conclusion.
First, the workers suffering is being greatly exaggerated. Upon
visiting



these "horror zones" (factories), both on announced and unannounced
visits, no such extremes were found. Instead of the finding the bleak
picture Sir James and Mr. Mearns painted, Ure found something quite the
opposite. Children play outside in playgrounds during their breaks, and
factories provide a safe haven for the children from the ill-use of
their bad parents.
Second, the terrible food situation is an exaggeration as well.
The amount of food given to the factory workers is sufficient. It is
comparable, if not surpassing to that food consumed in the rural
communities from where the working class came from.
What is to be the conclusion of this bitter argument? one thing
is certain, the Kay/Ure debate will continue with us as long as we have
factories with a working class. This much can be assured.

19th Century Evangelical Christianity In England

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19

Religion was an important facet of the British Victorian
society. It molded public opinion, dictated morals and values, and
created social divisions. The dominant religion of the middle-class
during this time was Evangelical Christianity. This essay will discuss
the relationship between Evangelicalism and the middle-class. It will
also argue how Evangelicalism affected the attitudes towards different
races and the role of the