By Simon Morgan
Whereas a dead ringer for bourgeois Victorian ladies as 'angels in the home' remoted from the realm in deepest domesticity has lengthy been brushed off as an unrealistic excellent, girls have remained marginalised in lots of fresh money owed of the general public tradition of the center classification. Simon Morgan goals to redress the stability, by way of drawing on numerous resources together with deepest files he argues that ladies truly performed a tremendous position within the formation of the general public identification of the Victorian center classification. via their help for cultural and philanthropic institutions and their engagement in political campaigns, ladies constructed a nascent civic id, which for a few expert their later calls for for political rights. center category ladies and Victorian Public tradition deals a number of insights for the reader into the general public lives of girls during this interesting interval.
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75 However, as Ward admits, the very elite commercial and professional groups who shaped public opinion in Leeds were becoming segregated into districts with a low proportion of the working classes, such as the area around Park Square, which became dominated by the professions, or were vacating the town centre altogether and heading for leafy suburbs such as Headingley. For them, Baker’s report simply reinforced the evidence of their own experiences. Small wonder then that most of the efforts of social reformers were directed towards bridging this gulf, or that the history of class relations in Leeds was characterized by misunderstanding and an absence of communication.
Under Baines’ proprietorship, the Mercury became a strident advocate of Whig/Liberal views. Baines, a Congregationalist, was at best a lukewarm dissenter, but his liberal credentials and journalistic qualifications were impeccable. Not content simply to report events, Baines followed the pioneering example of the Sheffield Register by using editorials in order to shape public opinion on particular issues. Through 20 A VICTORIAN WOMAN’S PLACE a judicious blend of items with local and national interest, Baines made the Mercury into the most widely distributed and influential provincial newspaper of its day, and an important site of the rational debate vital to the functioning of the ‘public sphere’.
If this could be true of a man, why should it not also be the case for women? 82 The following chapters explore and challenge this assumption, demonstrating that women could and did come to possess characters ‘of remarkable symmetry’. 3 WOMEN’S EDUCATION; WOMAN’S PLACE In the Victorian period, as now, educational theory was an important site of conflict over the social construction of individuals and groups, and the terrain was contested by commentators from a variety of religious and political backgrounds.
A Victorian Woman's Place: Public Culture in the Nineteeth Century (International Library of Historical Studies) by Simon Morgan