Vermont Region
Sheryl Craig Lecture
June 2, 2013

Sheryl Craig
Sheryl Craig

The Vermont Region will welcome Sheryl Craig as she discusses Georgian economics in her talk, “Trickle-Down Economics in Pride and Prejudice, Or, Why ‘Mr. Darcy Improves upon Acquaintance’!”  The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place at the Hauke Center, Champlain College, Burlington from 2:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, June 2.

What Jane Austen’s first readers did not need to be told was that a man named Fitzwilliam Darcy had to be a moderate Whig, one who supported Tory Prime Minister William Pitt’s tax and Poor Law reform proposals, and that Darcy’s home county, Derbyshire, paid high wages, provided generous welfare benefits, and funded the best system of poor houses in England.  Thus, Darcy, and moderate Whigs like him, were worthy of both Elizabeth Bennet’s and the reader’s esteem and served as role models to be emulated throughout Georgian Britain and, as it turns out, throughout time.

Light refreshments will be served. Event details can be found at JASNA Vermont Region’s website.

—Deb Barnum

Workhouse at St. James’s Parish – from The Microcosm of London, 1810, [wikipedia commons]