A Suffragette in America
Reflections on Prisoners, Pickets and Political Change
The story of one of Britain's most famous radicals visiting the 'Land of the Free'
Adored by socialist students and progressive politicians, Pankhurst was also shocked by the dark underbelly of American society. Bringing her own experiences of imprisonment and misogyny from her political work in Britain, she found many parallels between the two countries. These never-before-published writings mark an important stage in the development of the suffragette's thought, which she brought back to Britain to inform the burgeoning working-class suffrage campaign there.
The book also includes a contextualising introduction by Katherine Connelly.
E. Sylvia Pankhurst was an English campaigner for the Suffragette movement, a prominent left communist and, later, an activist in the cause of anti-fascism.
Katherine Connelly is a writer, historian and an expert on Sylvia Pankhurst. She is the author of the biography Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire (Pluto, 2013) and editor of A Suffragette in America: Reflections on Prisoners, Pickets and Political Change (Pluto, 2019).
'Sylvia Pankhurst's writing on America is vibrant and engaging, combining an impassioned critique of different and reinforcing forms of oppression. This volume affords new insights by placing the text in the turbulent political context in which it was written. An important contribution to history' - Helen Pankhurst, writer, activist and Sylvia Pankhurst's granddaughter
'The relationship between Sylvia Pankhurst and America is decisive and crucial to understanding Pankhurst's politics, life and historical legacy. This is a timely and lively new contribution to Sylvia Pankhurst studies' - Rachel Holmes, author of Eleanor Marx: A Life (2014) and Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel (2019)
'Sylvia Pankhurst's acute observations on American society are now accessible in this engaging book. Connelly's thoughtful introduction clarifies the significance of Sylvia's words at a crucial moment for the wider women's and labour movement' - Karen Hunt, author of 'Equivocal Feminists: The Social Democratic Federation and the Woman Question'
'With this book Connelly cements her status as one of our foremost experts on Pankhurst, and gives us a vital addition not just to the suffragette, but socialist canon' - Dr Louise Raw, author of Striking a Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and their Place in History (Continuum, 2011)
1. A Strike of Laundry Workers in New York
2. Laundries from the Inside
3. A Festival
5. A Socialist Administration
6. A Red Indian College
7. Universities and Legislatures
8. The South
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745339375
eBook ISBN: 9781786804556
135mm x 215mm