Elizabeth Fry: Angel of Newgate

Elizabeth Fry: Angel of Newgate

by Janet Benge, Geoff Benge

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"Betsy felt her heart lurch. Just over a mile from where she stood, women and children existed in conditions more deplorable than the slums she routinely visited. Why hadn't she investigated this before? Without a second thought, she said, 'Something must be done immediately for those poor, suffering children. I will go to them tomorrow.'"

Exposed to the horrendous living conditions of women prisoners and their children, Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) pledged to improve the lives of society's most desperate people-something no one else dared to do.

Telling doubters, "If I don't, who will?" Betsy became one of England's greatest reformers and one of the nineteenth century's most beloved people. Guided by her Quaker values, she led efforts in education and literacy, prison reform, and -- together with figures such as William Wilberforce and Thomas Fowell Buxton -- the abolition of slavery. Elizabeth Fry insisted on justice and forever changed the way human beings treat one another.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151204644
Publisher: Emerald Books
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Series: Heroes of History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 806 KB

About the Author

Janet and Geoff Benge are a husband and wife writing team with more than thirty years of writing experience. Janet is a former elementary school teacher. Geoff holds a degree in history. Together they have a passion to make history come alive for a new generation of readers. Originally from New Zealand, the Benges make their home in the Orlando, Florida, area.

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