Emigrant Gentlewomen: Genteel Poverty and Female Emigration, 1830-1914

1st Edition

A. James Hammerton

Routledge
Published November 28, 2017
Reference - 218 Pages
ISBN 9781138642102 - CAT# Y227685
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The Victorian World

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Summary

First published in 1979. This book examines the distressed gentlewoman stereotype, primarily through a study of the experience of emigration among single middle-class women between 1830 and 1914. Based largely on a study of government and philanthropic emigration projects, it argues that the image of the downtrodden resident governess does inadequate justice to Victorian middle-class women’s responses to the experience of economic and social decline and to insufficient female employment opportunities. This title will be of interest to students of history.

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