Sylvia Pankhurst: A Crusading Life 1882-1960

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Born in Manchester in 1882, Sylvia grew up in a bohemian household that played host to great activists and artists such as Keir Hardie, George Bernard Shaw, William Morris, Thomas Mann, and Anne Besant. Sylvia inherited her father's unshakeable idealism, taking over an East End pub and converting it into a maternity clinic, a Montessori school, and a day nursery. Up until his death in 1915, Sylvia was involved in an anguished lover affair with Keir Hardie, co-founder of the Independent Labour Party. She ...

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03/02/2010 0 New Book-Mint-black cloth with gilt lettering-in d.w. -Fine-with b/w portraits of S.P. to covers-not price clipped. Sylvia Pankhurst was born into radical politics ... in 1882. Her father, Richard, was a prominent campaigner for radical causes, while her mother Emmeline, and sister Christabel, founded the Suffragettes. Although initially Syvlia's talents lay elsewhere, she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, following her father's death in 1898, she felt it her duty to support her mother and sister in their political campaign. Although sometimes critical of their single-issue strategy and increasingly violent tactics, Sylvia was several times imprisoned and endured the horrors of force-feeding. During the Edwardian period she fell in love with the veteran Labour politician Keir Hardie, perhaps the love of her life. The outbreak of WW1 in 1914 caused a family rupture that was never truly healed. While Emmeline and Christabel immediately instructed their followers to drop the cause of Read more Show Less

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Born in Manchester in 1882, Sylvia grew up in a bohemian household that played host to great activists and artists such as Keir Hardie, George Bernard Shaw, William Morris, Thomas Mann, and Anne Besant. Sylvia inherited her father's unshakeable idealism, taking over an East End pub and converting it into a maternity clinic, a Montessori school, and a day nursery. Up until his death in 1915, Sylvia was involved in an anguished lover affair with Keir Hardie, co-founder of the Independent Labour Party. She finally made her home in Ethiopia, enthusiastically joining the people in their struggle for independence. On her death in 1960, she was honored with a State funeral. Drawing on her journals, letters, writings, and paintings, this is the fascinating story of her colorful life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781854109057
  • Publisher: Aurum Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 304

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