After the Great War

  • Berry Mayall


Eglantyne and Dorothy Jebb were born into a well-to-do family, where girls as well as boys went to school and university and where large families and intermarriages led to cultural and social learning and to influence in public affairs. Eglantyne read history at Oxford and Dorothy (married name Buxton), who read political economy and social economics at Cambridge, converted her to socialism. Previously Eglantyne had interested herself in the work of the Charity Organisation Society, which dispensed charity to poor people (‘the deserving poor’), together with instructions about managing their money better. Eglantyne now saw that socialism was necessary to alleviate socio-economic inequalities. In 1906, inspired by Booth’s work in London, she researched and had published a socio-economic survey of Cambridge, a town which had rapidly grown in population without regard for the living conditions of the poor.


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