Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was a widely popular mid-Victorian novelist who was also a strong Unitarian. She lived most of her adult life in Manchester, cradle of the industrial revolution and notorious battle-ground between unions and mill-owners. Her two novels set in Manchester, Mary Barton and North and South, (click for free e-book) are unique in Victorian fiction in depicting the workers with absolute equality, in showing how they practice mutual aid, and in letting her working-class characters make strong arguments for the right of unions to strike. She was convinced that social problems can be resolved through dialogue based on equality. Speaker: Mason Harris Pianist: Nicola Hamilton Read the Sermon: ElizabethGaskell_MasonHarris_July2017 Listen: More on Elizabeth Gaskell You might enjoy listening to the BBC In Our Time podcast on North and South. The Vancouver Public Library has the DVDs Cranford. People of all ages loved the Library Lion story.