Speenhamland system

Speen·​ham·​land system | \ (ˈ)spēn¦hamlənd-\

Definition of Speenhamland system

: a system of supplementing rural wage payments from local taxes first used in England in the latter part of the 18th century

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History and Etymology for Speenhamland system

from Speenhamland, England, where it was first used

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