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Chips: A Lesson in Multiplication

This short piece, published June 10, 1854, discusses population growth and density in Great Britain, taking the optimistic point of view that "increase of population give an irresistible impulse to increase of knowledge and happiness." This position opposes the Malthusian theories that were under discussion at the time and to which Hard Times alludes repeatedly. ("Chips" was the title that Household Words used for shorter articles, to distinguish them from the longer essays that predominated in the journal.)

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