Slum Travelers: Ladies and London Poverty, 1860-1920

Slum Travelers: Ladies and London Poverty, 1860-1920

By: Ellen Ross (editor)Paperback

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Late-nineteenth-century Britain saw the privileged classes forsake society balls and gatherings to turn their considerable resources to investigating and relieving poverty. By the 1890s at least half a million women were involved in philanthropy, particularly in London. "Slum Travelers", edited, annotated, and with a superb introduction by Ellen Ross, collects a fascinating array of the writings of these "lady explorers," who were active in the east, south, and central London slums from around 1870 until the end of World War I. Contributors range from the well known, including Annie Besant, Sylvia Pankhurst, and Beatrice Webb (then Potter), to the obscure. The collection reclaims an important group of writers whose representations of urban poverty have been eclipsed by better-known male authors such as Charles Dickens and Jack London.

About Author

Ellen Ross is Professor of History and Women's Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is the author of Love and Toil: Motherhood in Outcast London (1993) and many articles on London and women's history.


List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations Map of London in 1888 Introduction: Adventures among the Poor 1. "A Lady Resident," "Sketch of Life in Buildings," 1889 2. Annie (Wood) Besant, "White Slavery in London," 1888 3. Clementina Black and Adele (Lady Carl) Meyer, from Makers of Our Clothes, 1909 4. Helen (Dendy) Bosanquet, "Marriage in East London," 1895 5. Agnes Kate Foxwell, from Munition Lasses, 1917 6. Clara Ellen Grant, "A School Settlement," 1911 7. Margaret Harkness, "Barmaids," 1889 8. Mary (Kingsland) Higgs, "In a London Tramp Ward," 1906 9. Edith (Mrs. F.{ths}G.) Hogg, "The Fur-Pullers of South London," 1897 10. Amy Levy, from A London Plane-Tree, and Other Verse, 1889 11. Margaret McMillan, "A Slum Mother" (1908) and "Guy and the Stars" (1919) 12. Olive Christian Malvery, "Gilding the Gutter," 1905 13. Anna Martin, "The Irresponsibility of the Father," 1918 14. Honnor Morten, "Eating the Apple," 1899 15. Margaret Wynne Nevinson, "The Evacuation of the Workhouse," 1918 16. Sylvia Pankhurst, selections from The Woman's Dreadnaught, 1916--1917 17. Florence Petty, from The Pudding Lady, 1910 18. Ellen Henrietta Ranyard, selections from The Missing Link Magazine, 1878 19. Maud Pember Reeves, selections from Round about a Pound a Week, 1913 20. Maude Alethea Stanley, "Drunkenness," 1878 21. Dorothy Tennant (Lady Stanley), from London Street Arabs, 1890 22. Ethel Brilliana (Mrs. Alec) Tweedie, "Petticoat-Lane," 1895 23. Kate Warburton, "An Epiphany Pilgrimage," 1906 24. Beatrice (Potter) Webb, "Pages from a Work-Girl's Diary," 1888 Appendix 1: The Geography of London Wealth and Poverty Appendix 2: The Texts Arranged Thematically Glossary of Terms, Institutions, and Organizations Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780520249066
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9780520249066
  • weight: 458
  • ISBN10: 0520249062

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