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The Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) was the most controversial militant branch of the British women's suffrage movement. From 1903-1918, WSPU members made numerous public speeches, both in rented halls and in the open air, and many were brought to trial for their political activities. This collection of speeches and trial transcripts documents the WSPU from its founding through its turn to violent tactics to the winning of the vote in 1918. An introduction to each section summarizes Union activity over discrete periods, outlining the major verbal arguments and images for that time frame. These introductions, combined with the speeches and several trial transcripts, provide a chronological view of WSPU history.
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Modern feminists sometimes dismiss too readily suffrage campaigns of the past as na?ve and shortsighted. Here is ample contemporary evidence of the scale of those achievements, presented in such lively argument as to invite reading aloud. The book proceeds chronologically, with each chapter introduced by brief background notes providing context and some analysis. Documents include a speech by George Bernard Shaw, trial transcripts, articles by the Pankhursts, and even a medical report on the effects of force-feeding. A few illustrations will be included, but more portraits of these fascinating figures would have been welcome. Although the emphasis is British, campaigns elsewhere are touched on. The author's background in communications, drama, and women's studies is well utilized. For general collections as well as those serving students of human rights, history, political science, and media.ABarbara Ann Hutcheson, Greater Victoria P.L., B.C.
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Book Description Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 0838637884 Ex-library in nice shape. Library stamp on top edge of test block, card pocket w discard stamps on fly page, rear paste-down has sticker, sticker on dedication page, 2 stickers on dust jacket, under clear mylar protector. Binding solid, pages crisp and clean. Mylar cover and dust jacket bright and shiny with light scuffs and dents. Extremities lightly bumped with minimal tip wear. Seller Inventory # SKU1006445