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Slum TravelersLadies and London Poverty, 1860-1920$
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Ellen Ross

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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Beatrice (Potter) Webb

Beatrice (Potter) Webb

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Slum Travelers

Ellen Ross

University of California Press

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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