The British Women's Suffrage Campaign 1866-1928Revised 2nd Edition
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This Seminar Study was the first book to trace the British womens suffrage campaign from its origins in the 1860s through to the achievement of equal suffrage in 1928. In this second edition, Smith provides new evidence drawn from the authors research on how the main post-1918 womens organisation (the NUSEC) worked with Conservative Party women to persuade the Conservative Party to endorse equal franchise rights.
Smith focuses on the actions of reformers and their opponents, with due attention paid to the campaigns in Scotland and Wales as well as the movements in England. He explores why womens suffrage was such a contentious issue, and how women gained the vote despite opponents fears that it would undermine gender boundaries.
Suitable for students studying the Suffrage Movement, modern British history and the history of gender.
2 . The Victorian Suffrage Campaign, 1866-97
3. The Constitutional Societies, 1897-1910
4. The Militant Societies, 1903-14
5. The Nuwss-Labour Alliance, 1910-14
6. War And Suffrage Reform, 1914-18
7. Equal Franchise, 1919-28
Guide To Further Reading
- Places the suffrage campaign in the context of the gender conflicts that developed during this period
- Places the campaign in the context of wider political picture
- Sheds light on issues such as the reasons for the Liberal Partys decline and the Conservative Partys unexpected electoral success in the interwar years
- Pays special attention to the period after 1914 when suffrage legislation was actually obtained
Dr. Harold L. Smith is Professor of History at the University of Houston-Victoria, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain. A Visiting Fellow at Corpus College, Oxford in 1994, he is the author or co-author of five previous books and numerous journal articles. These include: (with Judith N. McArthur) Minnie Fisher Cunningham: A Suffragists Life in Politics (2003); Britain in the Second World War: A Social History (1996); British Feminism in the Twentieth Century (1990).