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Slum Travelers: Ladies and London Poverty, 1860-1920

Ellen Ross


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 coll ... More

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

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520249059
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249059.001.0001


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Ellen Ross, editor

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