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Hannah MoreThe First Victorian$
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Anne Stott

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274888.001.0001

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The Cheap Repository Tracts 1795–1798

The Cheap Repository Tracts 1795–1798

(p.169) Chapter 8 The Cheap Repository Tracts 1795–1798
Hannah More

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Between 1795 and 1798 Hannah More oversaw the production of over a hundred Cheap Repository Tracts, cheap literature for the poor modelled on the existing chapbooks and broadside ballads that aimed at weaning them away from what she saw as the less decorous aspects of popular culture. Her most celebrated tract was The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain. The Riot was aimed at stopping the food riots that were endemic in 1795, which E. P. Thompson has seen as part of the moral economy of the poor. It is argued that the Cheap Repository was a success, not because it had a significant impact on the poor but because large numbers of upper-and middle-class people, especially women and clergymen, were involved. The Cheap Repository marked a significant step in the involvement of women in the reformation of manners movement.

Keywords:   Cheap Repository Tracts, chapbooks, broadside ballads, popular culture, The Riot, food riots, moral economy, reformation of manners

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