Eleanor Rathbone and the Politics of Conscience

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Yale University Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 469 pages
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When British women demanded the vote in the years before the First World War, they promised to use political rights to remake their country and their world. This is the story of Eleanor Rathbone, the woman who best fulfilled that pledge.
Rathbone cut her political teeth in the suffrage movement in Liverpool, spent two decades crafting social reforms for poor women and children, and was for seventeen years their advocate in the House of Commons. She also played a critical role in imperial policymaking and in the opposition to appeasement. In the last decade of her life she sought to rescue Spanish republicans and Jews threatened by Hitler’s rise to power.
In this important book, Susan Pedersen illuminates both the public and private sides of Rathbone’s life while restoring her to her rightful place as the most sophisticated feminist thinker and most effective British woman politician of the first half of the twentieth century.

 

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British suffragist, social scientist, and politician Eleanor Rathbone (1872-1946) served in the House of Commons in a career that spanned both world wars. Perhaps best known for her advocacy for ... Read full review

Contents

DILEMMAS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER
7
THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY
75
A NEW FEMINISM IN THE MAKING
157
What Future for Feminism?
176
Feuds about the Family
199
Most Independent Member
219
The Difference Empire Makes
241
Miss Rathbone has her Portrait Painted
265
A War Worth Fighting
306
Rescue the Perishing
328
Miss Rathbone in Victory
359
The Lady Vanishes
375
Municipal Election Results Granby Ward Liverpool
381
Notes
388
Index
450
Copyright

A WORLD TO SAVE
269

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Susan Pedersen taught British history at Harvard University for many years before joining Columbia University as Professor of History.

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