A Victorian Woman's Place: Public Culture in the Nineteeth by Simon Morgan

Women In History

By Simon Morgan

Whereas just like bourgeois Victorian girls as 'angels in the home' remoted from the area in inner most domesticity has lengthy been brushed aside as an unrealistic excellent, ladies have remained marginalised in lots of contemporary debts of the general public tradition of the center category. Simon Morgan goals to redress the stability, via drawing on numerous assets together with inner most files he argues that girls really performed an immense function within the formation of the general public id of the Victorian center type. via their help for cultural and philanthropic institutions and their engagement in political campaigns, girls built a nascent civic identification, which for a few knowledgeable their later calls for for political rights. center classification girls and Victorian Public tradition deals a variety of insights for the reader into the general public lives of ladies during this attention-grabbing interval.

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Charitable provision was one area where the nascent middle class could combine in recognizing a common duty to the poor and is discussed below. However, it proved more difficult to establish and maintain institutions of a more cultural nature. Between 1769 and 1775, the scientist and Unitarian minister Joseph Priestley had organized an informal discussion group, including the engineer John Smeaton and the surgeon William Hey. 47 On a more prosaic level, lack of interest proved just as insuperable a barrier to success as state interference.

The typically middle-class assumption of moral superiority was a reflection of the influence of ministers and religion generally. Time and again this spurred the activities of social and political reformers such as the younger Baines, who believed that the improvement of the town’s physical and cultural environment was a necessary precondition to improving the moral condition of its inhabitants. The linkage of moral and physical improvement was manifested in the development of civic spaces, particularly the erection of major public and commercial buildings.

It should be noted that not all doctors had equal access to such benefits. 61 John Deakin Heaton, the son of the bookseller John Heaton, was a case in point. 62 There was also the Hey dynasty, three generations of which filled many of the important public medical appointments in Leeds. Such a closed community could breed resentment amongst those who felt that they were not getting the recognition they deserved. Charles Turner Thackrah, for instance, appointed to the lowly post of Town’s Surgeon with responsibility for poor law patients in 1817, was ostracized by his colleagues when he fathered an illegitimate son in 1823.

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