From Plymouth to Parliament: A Rhetorical History of Nancy Astor's 1919 Campaign by Karen J. Musolf, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
From Plymouth to Parliament: A Rhetorical History of Nancy Astor's 1919 Campaign

From Plymouth to Parliament: A Rhetorical History of Nancy Astor's 1919 Campaign

by Karen J. Musolf
     
 

Nancy Astor, the first woman to take a seat in the British House of Commons, has been a fascinating subject for most of the twentieth century. Recognized for her efforts on behalf of women, remembered for her witty exchanges with Winston Churchill, and criticized for Fascist leanings, she was also a campaigner par excellence--winning seven consecutive elections in

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Nancy Astor, the first woman to take a seat in the British House of Commons, has been a fascinating subject for most of the twentieth century. Recognized for her efforts on behalf of women, remembered for her witty exchanges with Winston Churchill, and criticized for Fascist leanings, she was also a campaigner par excellence--winning seven consecutive elections in twenty-five years. Offering insights from a rhetorical perspective, From Plymouth to Parliament is the first in-depth exploration of Astor’s initial parliamentary campaign in 1919. Karen Musolf reveals how Astor surmounted obstacles in creating an acceptable persona, gathering women voters, confronting opponents, chastising hecklers, and coping with an unruly press, no small obstacles for an American divorcée who married into the prominent Astor family. Musolf draws upon primary sources from the Astor archives and focuses on the dynamic interplay of voices heard throughout the campaign. From Plymouth to Parliament is a highly readable, engaging work that tells the story of the pathbreaking campaign that launched the career of one of the most popular politicians of our century.

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"Despite the historical and parliamentary importance of Astor's life, her political biography has never been written. In the light of this neglect, Karen J. Musolf's contribution to revealing the significance of Astor's political work is most welcome." --American Historical Review

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Musolf, an independent scholar, explores Astor's parliamentary campaign of 1919, in a blend of historical description and rhetorical criticism that draws on archival materials and contemporaneous accounts. She reveals how the American-born Astor, the first woman to take a seat in the British House of Commons, surmounted obstacles of the campaign in creating an acceptable persona, gathering women voters, confronting opponents, chastising hecklers, and coping with an unruly press. Astor went on to win seven consecutive elections over 25 years. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312213640
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Karen J. Musolf is an independent scholar living in Breckenridge, Colorado. She has taught at the University of Minnesota and Macalester College, and studied in England as a Fulbright scholar.

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