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This article explores the life of Margaret Fison, an English social reformer who championed workingmen and women and criticized the upper and middle classes for their indifference to working-class problems. Fisom's combined anti-Catholic evangelical Protestantism with her mid-Victorian enthusiasm for science and social reform. As well as being a writer, Fison was an activist who took to the field as an organizer for the related causes of health and temperance. Her life illustrated what a young widow from a provincial town could achieve. Her early death at age forty-eight helps explain her undeserved obscurity. This papers use of her published travel articles returns Fison to her place in history.


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  • Alternative title
    • Margaret Fison, 1817-1866

  • Journal title
    • International Social Science Review

  • Volume
    • 95

  • Issue
    • 1

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      David Fahey is a professor emeritus at Miami University, where he taught modern British history and world history from 1969-2009.