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In this well-structured, fluent and lively account, Paula Bartley uses new archival material to assess whether Pankhurst should be seen as a heroine or a tyrant, a conservative or a progressive.
Emmeline Pankhurst was the most prominent campaigner for the women's right to vote and was transformed into a popular heroine of the early twentieth century. Early in life she was attracted to socialism, she grew into an entrenched and militant suffragette and ended up as a Conservative Party candidate.
This new biography examines the guiding principles that underpinned all of Emmeline Pankhurst's actions, and places her achievements within a wider social and political context.
Table of Contents
|List of plates||IX|
|Introduction: Principles before politics||1|
|Part I||A Political Apprenticeship 1858-1903||13|
|1||Shaping a life 1858-80||15|
|2||The Liberal years 1880-94||29|
|3||The ILP years 1894-1903||44|
|Part II||The Suffragette Story 1903-14||69|
|4||Suffragette beginnings 1903-07||71|
|5||Deeds and words 1908-09||96|
|6||Deeds not words 1910-12||116|
|7||The height of militancy 1913-14||139|
|8||International fund-raising 1909-13||160|
|Part III||Life After the Vote 1914-28||181|
|9||The First World War 1914-18||183|
|10||Life after the war 1918-28||210|