9781473666207

Death in Ten Minutes The Forgotten Life of Radical Suffragette Kitty Marion

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    9781473666207

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    1473666201

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-02-04
  • Publisher: Quercus
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Summary

WOMEN WERE NEVER GIVEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE . . . THEY TOOK IT BY FORCE, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

BUT WHY HAS THE RADICAL LEGACY OF THE SUFFRAGETTES BEEN ERASED FROM HISTORY?

In Death in Ten Minutes, historian Fern Riddell uncovers the story of radical suffragette Kitty Marion, told through never-before-seen personal diaries in Kitty's own voice.

In the early twentieth century, women in the UK and the US were fighting for the vote using any means necessary. Kitty Marion was sent on a mission by the family of Emmeline Pankhurst, founders of the leading militant organization for women's suffrage in the UK: to carry out a nationwide campaign of bombings and arson attacks in support of their goals. Kitty's subsequent arrests and force-feedings while in prison put her on a path of dedicated radical activism, leading her across the ocean to New York City, where she joined Margaret Sanger in advocating for birth control.

But in the aftermath of World War I, the dangerous and revolutionary actions of Kitty and other militant suffragettes were quickly hushed up and disowned by the feminist movement, and the women who carried out these attacks were erased from our history. Now, for the first time, their untold story will be brought back to life.

Author Biography

Dr. Fern Riddell is a historian specializing in sex, suffrage, and culture in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She appears regularly on TV and radio, writes for the Guardian, Huffington Post, Telegraph, and Times Higher Education, and is a columnist for BBC History Magazine.

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