Beatrice (Potter) Webb

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:
Beatrice (Potter) Webb

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This chapter focuses on Beatrice (Potter) Webb, a slum explorer and philanthropist. Born to a wealthy Gloucestershire businessman and his wife who were involved with the Charity Organization Society (COS), Beatrice also became involved in charity work however her approach to poverty was rather a clinical one and not based on the “spirit of charity”. For her, poverty was a central political question of her time. This chapter presents her “Pages from a Work-Girl's Diary”. This article was closely based on her detailed diary entries, which included word-for-word reports of conversations with employers and workers in the industry.

Keywords: Beatrice Webb; slum explorer; philanthropist; Charity Organization Society; poverty

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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