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Thread #162666   Message #3937978
Posted By: Steve Gardham
17-Jul-18 - 02:22 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
'What is so different about the rural English or Scots workers'.

You are comparing 1960s Irish rural workers with early 19thc English rural workers. Here are just a few of the factors that make the difference.

transport
social mobility
literacy
education
technology
medicine
aspiration
That's without taking into account things like enclosure, abject poverty. That's enough to be going on with. If anyone wants to add more be my guest.