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How far do the sources A-D suggest that the distinction between the Suffragettes and Suffragists has been over drawn?

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How far do the sources A-D suggest that the distinction between the Suffragettes and Suffragists has been overdrawn? This essay is about discovering how different the NUWSS (Suffragists) and the WSPU (suffragettes) actually were, using six sources. During the suffrage campaign a lot of methods were used to receive the vote from parliament. One major method was propaganda. Up until 1908, the WSPU and the NUWSS had the same sort of propaganda methods which were in relation to the violent methods of 1913 were very passive. Source A is a leaflet explaining why women deserve the vote according to the WSPU, it was to persuade people that women did deserve the right to vote. ...read more.

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This source is written in a similar way in which the WSPU produced theirs, "Because Parliament cannot fully reflect the wishes of the people when the wishes of women are without any direct representation." Using just sources A and C2 we can see that the differences between the suffrage groups were exaggerated before 1908. Source B is different because it is a policy written by the NUWSS after 1908 saying subtly that they will have nothing to do with the WSPU and their militant actions. This was a policy backing the NUWSS away from the WSPU and telling people what sorts of policies they supported and agreed on. If the WSPU hadn't taken up a more violent and forceful, then this policy wouldn't had had to be written. ...read more.

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Source D2 seems to be more powerful but still the main object was to advertise, "Coronation Year will be signalised by the greatest procession of women ever seen in the World's history." Sources D1 and D2 show that both suffrage movements use posters, processions and meeting to obtain attention to the women's cause. Looking at these sources it can be said that that the two main suffrage groups did use some same methods, i.e. meetings, processions, posters and leaflets. So therefore it could be said that the difference between the suffragists and suffragettes had been overly exaggerated. The only main difference was in 1908 when the WSPU decided to take more militant action which meant that they lost the support of the NUWSS, as they were not prepared to take the same actions. Kellie Atkins Votes for Women Practice Coursework ...read more.

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