Social class

Social class was central to the Victorian era

During the Victorian era, society started distinguishing between three social classes: the working class, the middle class, and the upper class. People could for instance be distinguished by their income, clothing, education, living conditions, or type of work. 

The formation of new social classes during the Victorian period had been helped along by the Industrial Revolution (ca. 1750-1859), which was the transformation from a rural, agrarian society to an urban, industrialized one. 

This development meant that poor people left rural areas and flocked to the growing cities to find work and build better lives for themselves. Most of these people became part of the working class while others eventually managed to secure enough wealth for a ...

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