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How reliable is Source A to an historian studying the protests of the Suffragettes?

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How reliable is Source A to an historian studying the protests of the Suffragettes? Source A explains the assault that Mrs E Pankhurst did to a police officer after a protest that she and another suffragette were undertaking. It was big news as Pankhurst founded the Women's Social and Political Union with her daughters Christabel and Sylvia. They wanted women to have the right to vote and they were not prepared to wait. The Union became better known as the Suffragettes. Members of the Suffragettes were prepared to use violence to get what they wanted. Also they were widely known as middle class and educated women. Suffragettes were getting big press coverage for the amazing means that they would go too, for everyone to see their point of view. ...read more.

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This is highly doubtful as if they were causing a scene the police would have arrested them and on past protests suffragettes were left painfully bruised and hurt so how can we be sure this wasn't another on of these? The article goes onto say that the police gave a way numerous cautions to the women but they both ignored the policemen. It also makes the reader not agree with the work the suffragettes are doing. The press focussed on the suffragettes violent protests but didn't focus on the suffragists who peacefully protested. So the article is making readers who might be sympathetic less compassionate as these women are assaulting well respected police officers. The article in all is very biased but cleverly put together, so you read it as if it is the truth. ...read more.

Conclusion

But the article is stating what the evidence was for the trail, so it must be taken seriously. Also a quote from the article says "If the evidence was to be believed, their behaviour was such as one would expect of women from the slums" So Pinehurst's actions probably did more harm than good to the cause as she was a highly educated woman. Many men asked the simple question - if this is what an educated woman does, what might a lesser educated woman do? How can they possibly be given the right to vote? All in all I think the story is very unreliable, only half of the whole picture is painted for the reader and it is basically a warning to people not to agree with suffragettes as they are violent people. ____________________________________________________________________ Andrew Corcoran. ...read more.

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