TITLE

Annie Besant's first public lecture

AUTHOR(S)
Royle, Edward
PUB. DATE
December 1992
SOURCE
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter92, Vol. 57 Issue 3, p67
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the first public lecture of Annie Besant on the political status of women delivered at the Co-operative Institute in Castle Street in London, England, on August 25, 1874. The occasion was an important one for the Secularists, for the National Secular Society had only just been revived and Mrs. Besant was the most promising among a batch of new young recruits. In her recent biography of Mrs. Besant, Anne Taylor describes how Reverend Doctor Charles Maurice Davies was present at the former's second public lecture but she seems unaware of his presence at the first lecture too and of the fact that he has left a report of it. Davies reminds us forcibly that the text which survives for the historian to read is, as so often the case, not what was delivered on the night.
ACCESSION #
5839391

 

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