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Speeches and trials of the militant suffragettes : the Women's Social and Political Union, 1903-1918
Jorgensen-Earp, Cheryl R., 1952-
Publication Information:
Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, [1999]

Physical Description:
399 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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JN979 .S67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Speeches and trial transcripts from the WSPU, a branch of the British women's suffragette movement.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

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.ÄBarbara Ann Hutcheson, Greater Victoria P.L., B.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Important for the occasion it provides for both study and research, this volume includes more than 20 well-structured, eloquent speeches given during crucial years of women's agitation for the vote in England. The more sensational events--jailings, hunger strikes, force-feeding, rock-throwing, and police brutality--have been better known. The editors contrast the brilliance of the arguments in both the speeches and the court cases of Emmeline Pankhurst, Christabel Pankhurst, Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, and Lady Constance Lytton with the negative positions of Winston Churchill, Lloyd-George, and the prime minister. Jorgensen-Earp (Lynchburg College) remarks on the historical circumstances--e.g., the 50 years that passed before John Stuart Mill's 1867 suffrage bill was put into law in 1918 and the effect of WW I on the suffrage struggle. Addressing women's low pay and financial rights and their inability to attain divorces, fight abuse, or obtain legal parental rights, the documents all prove the Englishwoman's impotence and lack of political clout. Nonetheless their rhetorical skills and personal stamina enabled the women to continue their struggle. Highly recommended for libraries serving students of history, women's studies, politics, and sociology as well as of rhetoric. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. T. B. Dykeman; Fairfield University