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Slum Travelers

Edited by Ellen Ross

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249059
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249059.001.0001
Slum Travelers

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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. This book 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.

Keywords: nineteenth-century London; poverty; philanthropy; lady explorers; slums; Annie Besant; Sylvia Pankhurst; Beatrice Webb

Book.  342 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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