Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited

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9
AMERICA AND THE PANKHURSTS
Christine Bolt

All over America the Suffragists declare that they have gained hope and inspiration from our great British movement. In the early days of our long struggle it was we who drew inspiration from them. Our movements act and react on each other. We and the world have much to gain from our joint effort.

E. Sylvia Pankhurst, 1911

The three British militant suffragettes, 1 Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia, were famous throughout the world by the time votes for women were won in America and Britain. Born in Manchester in 1858, Emmeline Goulden had, as a schoolgirl, been influenced by the city's early support for woman suffrage and by her parents' sympathy for the cause. Her marriage to an established reformer, Richard Pankhurst, had helped to radicalize her further. Widowed early, Emmeline was of necessity drawn further into affairs beyond the home. She also shared with her children an ardent desire to make a difference in the world, and in due course she did so through founding a suffrage society in 1903— the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU)—whose members and methods were to render the Pankhurst name notorious.

To spread the suffrage message, Mrs. Pankhurst and her two elder daughters eventually toured the United States: Emmeline in 1909, 1911, and 1913; Sylvia in 1910–1911 and 1912; and Emmeline and Christabel dur

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  • Title Page *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Contents ix
  • Contributors xi
  • Votes for Women *
  • Introduction 3
  • Notes 20
  • 1 - The Case for Reform Antecedents for the Woman's Rights Movement 21
  • Notes 40
  • 2 - Sojourner Truth, Frances Watkins Harper, and the Struggle for Woman Suffrage 42
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  • 3 - The New York Woman's Movement and the Civil War 56
  • Notes 72
  • 4 - American Expansion and the Politics of Federalism, 1870–1890 77
  • Notes 87
  • 5 - Woman Suffrage in the West 90
  • Note 101
  • 6 - Southern Suffragists, the Nawsa, and the “Southern Strategy” in Context 102
  • Notes 114
  • 7 - The Anti-Suffrage Campaign 118
  • Notes 129
  • 8 - The Winning Plan 130
  • 9 - America and the Pankhursts 143
  • Notes 156
  • 10 - Harriot Stanton Blatch and Grassroots Politics 159
  • Note 173
  • 11 - Alice Paul and the Politics of Nonviolent Protest 174
  • Notes 186
  • Epilogue 189
  • Notes 194
  • Bibliography 197
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