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.
- Alternative title
Margaret Fison, 1817-1866
- Journal title
International Social Science Review
- Date submitted
19 July 2022
- Additional information
David Fahey is a professor emeritus at Miami University, where he taught modern British history and world history from 1969-2009.