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Both in the ‘Bermondsey revolution’ and nationally, Ada Salter was a pioneer of ethical socialism. Yet her role in the socialist politics of the early twentieth century has for a long time been neglected. This book, based on extensive original research, for the first time tells the story of this remarkable woman, and documents her significance for the history of both socialism and feminism.

Salter was responsible for most of the ideas behind the Bermondsey Revolution, drawing on her experiences in the women’s movement and as President of the Women’s Labour League. Her groundbreaking ideas on urban development then spread all over London through her work as an LCC councillor, and all over Britain through her role as Chair of the National Gardens Guild.

The book shows how Salter’s experiences as a ‘Sister of the People’ in the London slums eventually led her to the Independent Labour Party, and to the belief that achieving democracy and social justice in Britain required a grassroots alliance between the labour and women’s movements. Other women in the ILP had similar ideas, but it was only Ada Salter who actually took political power, implemented her ‘utopian’ ideas, and won elections by huge majorities.

Ideas of ethical socialism have recently returned to contemporary politics, adding to Ada Salter’s importance as a figure of topical historical interest. Her story is thus one that deeply resonates with contemporary political concerns.

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Graham Taylor did a degree in Modern History, then worked in industry and later as a lecturer in further and higher education. He has written extensively on the history of the labour movement in journals such as Marxism Today and New Times, and co-authored Grunwick: the Workers' Story and Politics and Power.

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