Slum Travelers Ladies and London Poverty, 1860-1920

ISBN-10: 0520249062
ISBN-13: 9780520249066
Edition: 2007
Authors: Ellen Ross
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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. Slum Travelers, edited, annotated, and with a superb introduction by Ellen Ross, 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 collection reclaims an important group of writers whose representations of urban poverty have been eclipsed by better-known male authors such as Charles Dickens and Jack London.

Ellen Ross is Professor of History and Women's Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is the author of Love and Toil: Motherhood in Outcast London (1993) and many articles on London and women's history.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Map of London in 1888
Introduction: Adventures among the Poor
"Sketch of Life in Buildings," 1889: "A Lady Resident"
"White Slavery in London," 1888
From Makers of Our Clothes, 1909
"Marriage in East London," 1895
From Munition Lasses, 1917
"A School Settlement," 1911
"Barmaids," 1889
"In a London Tramp Ward," 1906
"The Fur-Pullers of South London," 1897
From A London Plane-Tree, and Other Verse, 1889
"A Slum Mother" (1908) and "Guy and the Stars" (1919)
"Gilding the Gutter," 1905
"The Irresponsibility of the Father," 1918
"Eating the Apple," 1899
"The Evacuation of the Workhouse," 1918
Selections from The Woman's Dreadnought, 1916-1917
From The Pudding Lady, 1910
Selections from The Missing Link Magazine, 1878
Selections from Round about a Pound a Week, 1913
"Drunkenness," 1878
From London Street Arabs, 1890
"Petticoat-Lane," 1895
"An Epiphany Pilgrimage," 1906
"Pages from a Work-Girl's Diary," 1888
The Geography of London Wealth and Poverty
The Texts Arranged Thematically
Glossary of Terms, Institutions, and Organizations
Index

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