Josephine Butler and the Prostitution Campaigns: The constitution violated

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Jane Jordan, Ingrid Sharp
Taylor & Francis, 13 de març 2003 - 2000 pàgines

This five volume set deals in detail with Josephine Butler's campaign for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts in Britain and the Colonies. At present, access to Butler's work is restricted as a number of relevant anthologies are out of print. The bulk of these can only be read in specialist libraries and the original copies are becoming increasingly fragile after a century of use. This edited collection makes her writing accessible once again, setting it in an appropriate historical context.

In addition to Butler's own work, the thematically ordered volumes include related texts which are important for understanding her campaign. This allows the reader to position Josephine Butler in relation to her opponents and to follow the response to her activities. All the texts are complete and reproduced in facsimile - there are pamphlets, books, media responses to Butler's activities, letters to The Times, articles from The Lancet, Pall Mall Gazette, The Shield and The Dawn as well as private letters both to and from Butler. The set is introduced through a substantial essay by Jane Jordan, one of the leading international scholars on Butler's life and works, and each volume contains a short introduction by the editors which contextualises the selections.

Butler writes clearly and vividly, combining impeccable logic with passionate commitment. She does not soften her message to protect the sensibilities of her audience. She is uncompromising in her analysis, determined to 'set a floodlight on your doings' as she told a stunned royal commission in 1871. Josephine Butler and the Prostitution Campaigns demonstrates the great importance of this fascinating campaigner's work.

 

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Aldershot Under Cruel Oppressive and Immoral
30
Letter from Josephine E Butler to Charlotte
38
Jenny Percys Statement National League
45
Josephine E Butler Some Thoughts on the Present
51
Josephine E Butler Grave Words to Electors
66
Josephine E Butler The Principles of
112
Josephine E Butler A Vigilance Committee
123
Speech Delivered by Mrs Josephine E Butler at
129
Letter from Josephine E Butler to Robert
192
Letter from Josephine E Butler to Stanley Butler
200
February 1884 From 9 The Close
210
Josephine E Butler Ought Women to be in
217
Letter from Josephine E Butler to Fanny Forsaith
227
Letter from James Stansfeld to Emile de Laveleye
233
Josephine Butler Collection Liverpool University
238
Josephine E Butler Social Purity London Dyer
309

Letter from Josephine E Butler to Anna Maria
140
Being a letter
160
Letter from Josephine E Butler to Reverend
179
Letter from Josephine E Butler to Mary
329
Josephine E Butler to Members of the Purity
359

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