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The Liverpool UnderworldCrime in the City, 1750-1900$
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Michael Macilwee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316999

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317064

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The Devil's Children

The Devil's Children

(p.228) Sixteen The Devil's Children
The Liverpool Underworld
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the history of juvenile delinquency in Liverpool during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It identifies some of the causes of juvenile crime. These include lack of employment, influence of older criminals in lodging–houses, lack of education, temptation of the treasure trove of goods lying about the dock, bad parenting, and criminal genes. This chapter also suggests that children were adversely affected by perverse examples from literature and theatre. It also considers the alleged presence of ‘The Liverpool College for the Education of Thieves’ located at the north end of Ben Jonson Street, off Scotland Road.

Keywords:   juvenile delinquency, unemployment, education, bad parenting, criminal genes, theatre, literature

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