The Rural Exodus: The Problem of the Village and the Town (Classic Reprint)
Author: P Anderson Graham
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Release Date: January 08, 2019
Excerpt from The Rural Exodus: The Problem of the Village and the Town
IF I were to. Write a list of the authorities consulted for the making of this little volume it would not consist of the names of books and of writers, but of obscure men who, in the rural districts of England, are doing their work and living their lives. For several years back, having been deeply impressed with the magnitude and importance of the migration to town, it has been my habit to discuss the question with all sorts and conditions of countrymen. The study, if I may dignify it with a term so austere, began in a semi-depopulated district that I have known since childhood. It was needless to ask questions there. Hardly has one family left without my knowing why, when, and whither it went. The knowledge thus acquired served as a basis of more. In any new district it was but natural to ask if the same conditions prevailed, or what other inﬂuences came into Operation. And as I have wandered in most of the English Shires, conversing freely alike with the landlord and the tenant, Anglican and Dis senter, the hind at his plough, the ratcatcher working ditches with ferret and terrier, the Agrarian lecturer, the village atheist, the poacher, the grocer, and doctor and land agent, it is my own blame if I have not Obtained a tolerably correct notion of the ideas and aspirations of the English villager. My chief regret is, thati possess no equally intimate knowledge of foreign countries in order to determine how far a movement, world-wide in operation, is world-wide in its causes.
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