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Mary Carpenter, one of the founders of the Ragged Schools movement, was indefatigable in giving papers and publishing articles about her favourite topics: the use of education as a force for positive change, especially in the lives of the poor and of those convicted of crime. Many of her short pieces had a later independent life as pamphlets. She began publishing with a book of religious devotion in 1845, and went on to memoirs of fellow philanthropists, directions for running schools and prisons, and polemic urging more positive action on the part of government.
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3 April 1807 MC was born at Exeter in Devon. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 April 1845 MC's first published volume appeared anonymously: an ecumenical or inter-denominational "little book of devotion" entitled Morning and Evening Meditations for every day in a Month. Bibliographic Citation link.
1850 MC (as 'a Worker') published a volume entitled Ragged Schools: Their Principles and Modes of Operation at the insistence of Joseph Fletcher, an inspector with the national school inspection system, after he had read the original series of papers in The Inquirer: the Unitarian and Free Christian Paper, 1849. Bibliographic Citation link.   scholarly note link.
6 June 1877 MC spoke on "Religious Aspects of India" in a little chapel in Kingswood to an audience mostly composed of working people. Her talk lasted more than an hour. Bibliographic Citation link.
Night of 14-15 June 1877 MC died in her sleep at home at Red Lodge in Bristol at the age of seventy, having been well and active the day before. Bibliographic Citation link.
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