Charles Booth’s Poor Maps

I think that it was amazing that Booth was able to map the city of London by income, occupation, education, and other resources. He heard that the poverty rate was 25%, thought that it was lower, and went to seek answers for himself instead of just believing someone else. In that work, he determined that the poverty rate was actually much higher than previously thought. Just because Booth wouldnt believe anything he heard he embarked on a 12 year journey gathering data and trying to make a difference in East End London. He wanted to solve the problem where it began and not what it became. In looking at the maps, I am simply amazed that a man in 1888 was able to dedicate that much work and detail into mapping London. Simply astonishing!

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