Annie Besant, writer and campaigner for women’s rights – born on 1 October 1847

Posted on September 29th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Annie Besant, a leading political activist and social justice campaigner in the 19th and 20th centuries, was born in Clapham, London, on 1 October 1847.

To celebrate the day of her birth, here are two newspaper stories from the late Victorian era that offer an insight into her character and political beliefs.

historical newspaper report on Annie Besant

Yorkshire Gazette – Saturday 15 October 1892

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historical newspaper report on Annie Besant

Evening Telegraph – Tuesday 07 December 1897

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000453/18971207/007/0003

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