Both Sjoukje Bokma de Boer and her husband Pieter Jelles Troelstra were born in 1860. This year also marks the publication of Multatuli’s Max Havelaar. This book focusses on the abuses prevailing in the then Dutch East Indies and it forms a link in the awareness process of the working class. Emancipation of the working class is one of the great renewal movements that swept over Europe towards the end of the nineteenth century. These movements came into being in reaction to industrial development and social changes. Human relations, upbringing, education, religion, food, clothing and health are all due for reassessment. This is the period in which Bokma de Boer and Troelstra enter into their famed union: a historic marriage in eventful times.
Read on: Her married life