Maude Alethea Stanley

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:
Maude Alethea Stanley

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This chapter focuses on Maude Alethea Stanley. Stanley began her involvement in social work and charity by visiting the Five Dials of St. Anne's, a poor district Soho parish. She started evening classes, Sunday schools, country outings, and other activities for the Five Dials district. Her approach eventually became more secular and social-work oriented. In 1880, she founded the Club for Working Girls, wherein the welfare of working teenaged girls became her life passion. She also became involved in local government and social policy. She became a manager for the Charing Cross Road School, a poor law guardian for St. Anne's, a member of the Metropolitan Asylums Board, and a governor of the Borough Polytechnic. In this chapter, the focus is on her article on drunkenness. She contended that drunkenness was a leading culprit in the misfortunes of the poor. She also contended that separation of wives from violent husbands was not a real solution to the problem.

Keywords: Maude Alethea Stanley; social work; Five Dials; teenaged girls; poor; drunkenness

Chapter.  6115 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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