Introduction: Our Contemporary Intellectual Predicament

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:
Introduction: Our Contemporary Intellectual Predicament

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This chapter discusses Ethel Brilliana (Mrs. Alec) Tweedie and her article on the Petticoat Lane Sunday market. Her article was notable for its friendly depiction of the Jews and for its dense collection of stereotypes. However, it is mainly a story of a shopping outing that celebrates London's excitement, movement, and diversity. The market was in Whitechapel, a district populated by Jews escaping violence and hardship in eastern Europe. Petticoat Lane was famed for its food stalls, old-clothes sellers, and the fast patter of its vendors.

Keywords: Ethel Brilliana Tweedie; Petticoat Lane; Whitechapel; Jews

Chapter.  2531 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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