When Queen Victoria
1st on throne: 2 million (England)
Victoria's death: 6.5 million (England)
Dramatic transition from land ownership to city living... There were some good things happening, but there was also a huge cost to human dignity.
In 1800, Some research indicates that approx. 1/3 of the working class brides were pregnant when they married. With this increase in population, many were finding it difficult to find ways to earn $$$.
England = Reform Bill of 1832 extended voting to middle classes; parliament representation more fair. It was a time of massive unemployment, desperate poverty, and rioting, and the legislation of England & USA reflect these trends.
~ from the notes of Lady Victorian Historian