Mary (Kingsland) Higgs

Ellen Ross

in Slum Travelers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249059
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940055 | DOI:
Mary (Kingsland) Higgs

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This chapter discusses Mary (Kingsland) Higgs, who was a prolific writer and a social reformer whose interest and range extended from the needs of the poor, to early childhood, urban beautification, Depression-era unemployment, and the rejuvenation of Christianity. Higgs was an activist, working to found gardens and parks, helping crippled children, and rescuing prostitutes. She was best known for her involvement with vagrants and the issue of homeless people, work she continued until the 1930s. This chapter presents one of Higgs' incognito investigations of the lives of homeless women. Higgs first encountered homeless women when she served as a Secretary of the Ladies Committee. In 1899, she set up a small independent shelter for homeless women and later established lodging houses for women in Oldham. In addition, she set up model workrooms for women needing employment and opposed conscription.

Keywords: Mary Higgs; homeless people; homeless women; workrooms; vagrants

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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