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Book Review: Why You've Never Met A Man Named Shirley

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Who, in a revolution, is likely to use violence?

Who has the moral duty to create justice in a broken economy? The rich, the manufacturers and business people, religious leaders, the government, the police, the military, the grassroots? [An interesting study for Occupy Wall Street activists.]

Is it fair/effective/moral/noble to desire an end to war in order to fix the economy? in order to preserve your own wealth?

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Observations on domestic life; the physical structure of house, home and de'cor; the politics of family.
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*Author Charlotte Bronte definitely expresses what we would consider now as feminist ideas. Shirley is considered one of the first models of an empowered woman in the Victorian novel. Though, in her writing (including Shirley and Jane Eyre) her feminism is mostly emotional and cultural. And, in real life, Charlotte Bronte was somewhat conservative on some specific political issues related to women.

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[2] Emily Bronte quote by Elizabeth Gaskell
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[3] Information on Luddites and Frame-Breakers

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http://www.sfu.ca/~poitras/luddites.pdf

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Kimberly Wilder is a poet, musician, teacher, greenie, and peace activist. Kimberly and her husband live on Long Island, New York. They have two family websites: peacecouple.com and onthewilderside.com


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