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Eliza Cook’s Journal

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Eliza Cook’s Journal (ECJ) was a weekly miscellany edited by Eliza Cook that ran from May 1849 to November 1854. It targeted a socially mixed family readership, composed of artisans and members of the upper-working and lower-middle classes. Although it catered mostly to female readers, it was also aimed at social reformers and philanthropists. Editorial policy was progressive and had a feminist slant. Cook herself wrote a large proportion of the poems and essays published in ECJ, but she also solicited many contributions, usually unsigned, a significant number of which written by women. The contributions of working-class writers, in contrast, were limited to the poetry section. While nature, love, death, family life, and patriotism were recurrent themes, others reflected the journal’s radical political orientation. The journal’s pages featured essays of general interest as well as more radical articles and engaged with major contemporary debates such as the improvement of...


Cook Eliza Magazine of popular progress Journalism Poetry Chartism Social reform Radicalism Rational recreation “Woman question,” Emigration Education Industrial training 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Paris-Est Créteil UniversityCréteilFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Morris
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Thomas More CollegeUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada