Sylvia Pankhurst

A Maverick Life, 1882-1960

Author: Shirley Harrison

Publisher: Aurum Press

ISBN: 9781845130275

Category: Feminists

Page: 291

View: 1000

Sylvia Pankhurst - daughter of Emmeline and younger sister of Christabel - is in many ways the most fascinating member of the Pankhurst family: not only a courageous and dauntless political campaigner but someone who led a singularly maverick and exotic life. As a young woman she supported the Suffragette cause of her mother and sister, and during several periods of imprisonment endured the horrific ordeal of force-feeding. She also enjoyed a long and intimate relationship with the veteran Labour politician Keir Hardie. Expelled from the Suffragettes after the war for refusing to drop the campaign for social justice in favour of the war effort, she subsequently became a Communist, met Lenin in Moscow, and then had a child with an Italian political exile, with whom she campaigned against Italian fascism and for the cause of Ethiopian independence. She spent the last years of her life in Ethiopia at the grateful invitation of Haile Selassie, and remains the only foreigner to have been honoured by an Ethiopian state funeral.

Slum Travelers

Ladies and London Poverty, 1860-1920

Author: Ellen Ross

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520249062

Category: History

Page: 319

View: 8146

Ellen Ross has collected impressions from some of the half a million women involved in philanthropy by the 1890s, most of them active in the London slums. The contributors include Sylvia Pankhurst and Beatrice Webb, as well as many more less well known figures.

A People's History of London

Author: Lindsey German,John Rees

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1844679144

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 3628

In the eyes of Britain’s heritage industry, London is the traditional home of empire, monarchy and power, an urban wonderland for the privileged, where the vast majority of Londoners feature only to applaud in the background. Yet, for nearly 2000 years, the city has been a breeding ground for radical ideas, home to thinkers, heretics and rebels from John Wycliffe to Karl Marx. It has been the site of sometimes violent clashes that changed the course of history: the Levellers’ doomed struggle for liberty in the aftermath of the Civil War; the silk weavers, match girls and dockers who crusaded for workers’ rights; and the Battle of Cable Street, where East Enders took on Oswald Mosley’s Black Shirts. A People’s History of London journeys to a city of pamphleteers, agitators, exiles and revolutionaries, where millions of people have struggled in obscurity to secure a better future.

The Women?s Suffrage Movement

Author: Molly Housego,Neil R. Storey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0747811288

Category: History

Page: 56

View: 4046

This book is an overview of the struggle for women to gain the vote in Great Britain and explores who the women were that formed and led or became members of the women's suffrage movement. Early campaigners and pressure groups in the nineteenth century led to the formation of National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies in 1897; many women within this group became increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in their campaign to win the vote and, led by Emmeline Pankhurst, they broke away and formed the Women's Social and Political Union in 1903 . In 1914 the WSPU suspended militant action so as to 'do their bit' during the First World War and by 1918 women were taking the place of working men at home and were serving in uniform and as a result the first women were granted the vote in 1918. Based on contemporary accounts, documents, ephemera and photographs this is a very useful condensed history suitable for family historians, students and anyone interested in social history.

A Mad, Wicked Folly

Author: Sharon Biggs Waller

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101614412

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 448

View: 7814

In Edwardian London, a girl dreams of being an artist, despite her family's disapproval. Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl. After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams? From the Hardcover edition.

Guilty and Proud of It!

Poplar's Rebel Councillors and Guardians, 1919-25

Author: Janine Booth

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 198

View: 5069

This is the story of `Poplarism': the conflict of socialist Labour councillors and poor law guardians with the central authorities that ran from their election in 1919 through to 1925, and which peaked with the `Poplar Rates Revolt' of 1921. The rates revolt was one of the most dramatic and colourful episodes in Labour history. In defence of the livelihoods of their constituents, councillors in Poplar - one of Britain's poorest boroughs - refused to levy a portion of the rates in protest at the injustice of the rating system, enjoying the massive and mobilised support of those they defended. As a result, George Lansbury and his fellow London Labour councillors (including his son and daughter-in-law Edgar and Minnie) spent six weeks in prison.

Sylvia Pankhurst

The Rebellious Suffragette

Author: Shirley Harrison

Publisher: Golden Guides Press Limited

ISBN: 9781780950181

Category: Suffragists

Page: 320

View: 7865

Sylvia Pankhurst was the daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and younger sister of Christabel. She was also the rebel in the family and stood alongside Keir Hardie when he formed the Labour Party. This title tells her story in detail.

Sylvia Pankhurst

Citizen of the World

Author: Shirley Harrison

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780955396328

Category: Political activists

Page: 47

View: 4038


Sylvia Pankhurst

Suffragette, Socialist, Internationalist

Author: Katherine Connelly

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN: 9780745333236

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 3652

Sylvia Pankhurst dedicated her life to fighting oppression and injustice. In this vivid biography Katherine Connelly charts Pankhurst's activism from her teens as a member of the Independent Labour Party, to her time as a leading suffragette before the First World War, through to her revolutionary socialist, anti-fascist and anti-imperialist campaigning in later years. Connelly analyses the deeply frustrating aspects of Pankhursts political practice: why she did not speak out earlier in the suffragette movement, why she let herself be forced out of the Women's Social and Political Union and why she ended her days under the patronage of the Emperor of Ethiopia. This lively and accessible biography presents Pankhurst, despite her flaws, as a courageous and inspiring campaigner, of huge relevance to those engaged in political struggles today.

The Diary of Jack the Ripper

The Chilling Confessions of James Maybrick

Author: Shirley Harrison

Publisher: John Blake

ISBN: 9781844549177

Category: Social Science

Page: 470

View: 2174

The pages of The Diary of Jack the Ripper reveal the unimaginable—that more than a century ago, the legendary serial killer at work in London’s Whitechapel kept a record of his bestial mutilations of women. The writer of the horrific journal is James Maybrick, a depraved, drug-taking, womanizing, 49-year-old Liverpool cotton merchant with a history of domestic violence. In this analysis of his diary, investigative author Shirley Harrison explains all about the origins of the text and the rigorous scientific analysis it has endured while revealing startling new information about Maybrick's shadowy background. This evidence, along with a chilling confession scratched into a watch—"I am Jack. J Maybrick," provide powerful justification that Maybrick was Jack the Ripper. The diary itself is reproduced in full, so that readers can judge whether these are the deeply distributing words of Jack the Ripper himself, reaching out from across the abyss of more than a century.

Iron Curtain

From Stage to Cold War

Author: Patrick Wright

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191622842

Category: History

Page: 540

View: 6399

'From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. . .' With these words Winston Churchill famously warned the world in a now legendary speech given in Fulton, Missouri, on March 5, 1946. Launched as an evocative metaphor, the 'Iron Curtain' quickly became a brutal reality in the Cold War between Capitalist West and Communist East. Not surprisingly, for many years, people on both sides of the division have assumed that the story of the Iron Curtain began with Churchill's 1946 speech. In this fascinating investigation, Patrick Wright shows that this was decidedly not the case. Starting with its original use to describe an anti-fire device fitted into theatres, Iron Curtain tells the story of how the term evolved into such a powerful metaphor and the myriad ways in which it shaped the world for decades before the onset of the Cold War. Along the way, it offers fascinating perspectives on a rich array of historical characters and developments, from the lofty aspirations and disappointed fate of early twentieth century internationalists, through the topsy-turvy experiences of the first travellers to Soviet Russia, to the theatricalization of modern politics and international relations. And, as Wright poignantly suggests, the term captures a particular way of thinking about the world that long pre-dates the Cold War - and did not disappear with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Deep Green Resistance

Strategy to Save the Planet

Author: Derrick Jensen,Aric McBay,Lierre Keith

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609801423

Category: Political Science

Page: 388

View: 2992

For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, "Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?" No one ever says yes. Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can't fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful. It provides an exploration of organizational structures, recruitment, security, and target selection for both aboveground and underground action. Deep Green Resistance also discusses a culture of resistance and the crucial support role that it can play. Deep Green Resistance is a plan of action for anyone determined to fight for this planet—and win.


The Saga of an American Family

Author: Alex Haley

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0306824868

Category: History

Page: 912

View: 7517

A new eight-hour event series based on Roots will be simulcast on the History Channel, Lifetime, and A&E over four consecutive nights beginning Memorial Day, May 30, 2016 When Roots was first published forty years ago, the book electrified the nation: it received a Pulitzer Prize and was a #1 New York Times bestseller for 22 weeks. The celebrated miniseries that followed a year later was a coast–to–coast event—over 130 million Americans watched some or all of the broadcast. In the four decades since then, the story of the young African slave Kunta Kinte and his descendants has lost none of its power to enthrall and provoke. Now, Roots once again bursts onto the national scene, and at a time when the race conversation has never been more charged. It is a book for the legions of earlier readers to revisit and for a new generation to discover. To quote from the introduction by Michael Eric Dyson: “Alex Haley's Roots is unquestionably one of the nation's seminal texts. It affected events far beyond its pages and was a literary North Star…. Each generation must make up its own mind about how it will navigate the treacherous waters of our nation's racial sin. And each generation must overcome our social ills through greater knowledge and decisive action. Roots is a stirring reminder that we can achieve these goals only if we look history squarely in the face.” The star– studded cast in this new event series includes Academy Award–winners Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Derek Luke, Grammy Award-winner Tip “T.I.” Harris, and Mekhi Phifer. Questlove of The Roots is the executive music producer for the miniseries's stirring soundtrack.

Suffragette Sally

Author: Gertrude Colmore

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 1460404173

Category: Fiction

Page: 375

View: 9790

Published in 1911, Suffragette Sally is one of the best-known popular novels promoting the cause of women’s suffrage in Britain at the beginning of the twentieth century. The novel details the militant campaign of the suffragist Women’s Social and Political Union against the political establishment of the time. Through its three female protagonists, each from a different class, the novel recounts the challenges faced by women who dared to flout social convention by agitating for the vote. The Sally of the title is Sally Simmonds, a maid-of-all-work in a household where she has to deal with her employer’s advances along with her daily tasks. The novel follows Sally’s conversion to the suffrage movement and details the consequences she must face as a working-class woman who risks her job, her relationships, and eventually her life for the cause. The novel weaves together the fictional stories of the three main characters with documentary material drawn from contemporary suffrage and mainstream newspapers, and raises the hope that female alliances might someday transcend class boundaries. This Broadview edition also includes fascinating historical materials on the suffrage movement, including contemporary accounts of imprisonment, hunger strikes, and battles with police.

Built from Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular

Author: Peter Guillery

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136943145

Category: Architecture

Page: 224

View: 383

This book extends the concept of British vernacular architecture beyond its traditional base of pre-modern domestic and industrial architecture to embrace other buildings such as places of worship, villas, hospitals, suburban semis and post-war mass housing. Engaging with wider issues of social and cultural history, this book is of use to anyone with an interest in architectural history. Presented in an essentially chronological sequence, from the medieval to the post-war, diverse fresh viewpoints in the chapters of this book reinforce understanding of how building design emerges not just from individual agency, that is architects, but also from the collective traditions of society.

History of Britain and Ireland

Author: DK Publishing

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0756679869

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 363

The History of Britain and Ireland traces the key events that shaped the societies living in the British Isles from the earliest times to the present day. From the Roman conquest of 43 CE to the Norman conquest of 1066, from the Elizabethan age of Shakespeare to the Victorian age of Charles Dickens, and from the Hundred Years War of the 14th and 15th centuries to the Iraq and Afghan wars of the 21st century, this beautifully illustrated book provides a definitive visual chronicle of the most colorful and defining episodes in British history. The story begins at least half a million years ago when humans started to make their home in Britain. Around 3000 BCE, the first Britons were making their mark on the landscape at remarkable sites such as the stone village of Skara Brae in Orkney and the earliest earthworks at Stonehenge. They entered the annals of recorded history with Julius Caesar's exploratory expedition across the Channel in the late summer of 55 BCE. From then on the small group of islands off the west coast of Europe was never far from the center of world affairs: pioneering the industrial revolution, creating the largest empire the world has ever seen, fighting two world wars in the 20th century, and finally coming to terms with a new status in a fast-changing global economy. The History of Britain and Ireland combines a spread-by-spread narrative of events with a wealth of supporting features on the decisive turning points in the long and fascinating story of the British Isles, and on the outstanding individuals-from Geoffrey Chaucer and Queen Elizabeth I to Charles Darwin and Winston Churchill-who helped shape that story.

The Diary of Jack the Ripper

Author: Shirley Harrison

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781857823608

Category: Murderers

Page: 474

View: 4571

This text is a bloodcurdling confession of an horrific killer that unfolds a terrible Victorian tale of jealousy, depravity and love.