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Sit and Sing Small

Sit and Sing Small

ISBN: 9780952307006
Publisher: Marianne Christina Heath
Edition: 2
Publication Date: 1994-03-01
Number of pages: 118
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Marianne Heath, writing under her maiden name, tells a deeply moving and often shocking true story. In 1949, as a child of just 7 years old, she found herself being transported with her family to live on one of over 100 smallholdings that were known collectively as the Land Settlement Association. Her story is a personal but fascinating account of the hard, daily existence of life on the LSA as seen through her young eyes as a “Settlement” child. Life was no easier at school; Marianne gives a detailed account of her 1950’s education, with many horrifying revelations. The Land Settlement Association or LSA as it was better known was a 1930’s job creation scheme. It was instigated with charity and Government money after the 1930’s Depression to create work for destitute, unemployed coal miners and ship builders. The scheme saw them uprooted from the North of England and Wales, and deposited with their families to the bleak coastal area known as the Manhood Peninsular in West Sussex. The LSA was a curious social experiment where each man was provided with 4 acres of land on which was built a house, a piggery, a hen battery and a glasshouse. This is a sincere story about what life was really like for those coalminers who worked from dawn ‘till dusk for seven days a week. Further into the book Marianne reveals the damage and extreme psychological consequences that life within the LSA was to eventually have on her.

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