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W. T. SteadNonconformist and Newspaper Prophet$
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Stewart J. Brown

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198832539

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198832539.001.0001

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A Voice of the Nonconformist Conscience, 1849–80

A Voice of the Nonconformist Conscience, 1849–80

(p.1) 1 A Voice of the Nonconformist Conscience, 1849–80
W. T. Stead

Stewart J. Brown

Oxford University Press

The son of a Congregational minister in the north of England, W. T. Stead was largely taught at home by his father, and experienced conversion during the religious revival of 1859–62. In 1870, at the age of 22, he was appointed editor of the Darlington Northern Echo, and over the next decade he made the newspaper a powerful voice of the Nonconformist Conscience in the north of England. For Stead, the editor’s desk was a ‘pulpit’ from which to preach to a congregation of thousands. He played a leading role in the ‘Bulgarian atrocities’ agitation of 1876–8, calling for British intervention to end the massacres of Christians in the Ottoman Empire and becoming a fervent supporter of the Liberal politician, William Ewart Gladstone. Through the enigmatic Russian, Madame Novikoff, Stead was introduced into London cultural circles and embraced what would be a lifelong love of Russian cultures and peoples.

Keywords:   W. T. Stead, Nonconformist Conscience, abolition of slavery, Thomas Carlyle, Northern Echo, disestablishment, Bulgarian atrocities, Russia, William Ewart Gladstone, Olga Novikoff

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