Making socialists Mary Bridges Adams and the fight for knowledge and power, 1855-1939, by Martin, Jane
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- ISBN: 9780719076909 | 0719076900
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 7/1/2010
Making Socialistscombines a biographical study of a virtually unknown woman with an original exploration of several major themes in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century political and educational history. More than a local politician, Mary Bridges Adams was among the dynamic late nineteenth-century women activists who sought to transform government policy through socialist initiatives, with the ultimate (utopian) aim of creating a social nation. The author has assembled a thorough range of sources, including new materials that will bring fresh insights to this biography and more generally to Labour Party and socialist historiography, well-studied topics. The people Adams knew and the circles in which she travelled are particularly attractive features of this book. Foes thought her an awful woman: friends like George Bernard Shaw remembered the power of her oratory. Placed against the circumstances in which she lived and presented as part of a militant and anti-capitalist tradition within labor history, her life story contributes to new ways of seeing both socialist and feminist politics.