Freedom or death by Emmeline Pankhurst 1913
This text is a transcript of a speech given by Emmeline Pankhurst in Hartford, Connecticut in November 13, 1913. Emmeline Pankhurst was born in 1858, died in 1928 at the age of 70. British Political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement which fought for women to win the right to vote, she was widely criticized for her militant tactics however her work is recognized as a crucial element in obtaining women's suffrage in Britain. She was a member of the National Society for Women's Suffrage (NSWS) that split in 1888. Then she created the Women's Franchise League (WFL) which fought to allow married women to vote in local elections. In 1903, she helped found the more militant Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) - an organisation that was notorious for its activities and whose members were the first to be called 'suffragettes'. Her Freedom or Death speech was said in Hartford, Connecticut, on a fundraising tour of the United States that took place late in 1913. She was travelling with a warrant on her head.
I- Explaining/justifying the modes of action of the suffragettes movement II- Denouncing the differences of treatment between men and women in the British society
I- Explaining/ justifying the modes of action of the suffragettes movement The suffragettes used pacific modes of action as well as more violent ones: hunger strikes, breaking windows, arson, disrupting the House of Commons, the Parliament, and justice Courts. Those modes of action gave to the movement a bad image so people could oppose to them the argument that there were only irresponsible, insane and violent women who were asking for the right to vote. In this text, she is comparing the political field to a field of battle; she calls herself a soldier and compares the suffragist movement to a revolutionary one. She appeals the American to remember their own fight for rights. At the end she also compares it to the...
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