Katherine Connelly, editor of A Suffragette in America: Reflections on Prisoners, Pickets and Political Change will be at Mac's to discuss the book and the writings of Sylvia Pankhurst on Friday, June 21st at 7 p..m.
In 1911, leading English suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst visited America. Unlike other suffragette leaders, who spent their time in America among the social elite, Pankhurst wasted no time getting right to the heart of America's social problems. She visited striking laundry workers in New York and female prisoners in Philadelphia and Chicago, and she grappled firsthand with shocking racism in Nashville.
This book gathers Pankhurst's writings from the year-long visit, in which she reveals her shock at the darkness hidden in American life, and draws parallels to her experiences of imprisonment and misogyny in her own country. Never before published, these writings mark an important stage in the development of the suffragette's thought, which she brought back to Britain to inform the burgeoning suffrage campaign there.
Katherine Connelly is a leading member of Counterfire and a regular contributor to its online magazine. She has also contributed toInternational Socialism and Socialist Review, and is currently conducting doctoral research in History at Queen Mary, University of London.
E. Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960) was an English campaigner for the suffragette movement, a prominent left communist and, later, an activist in the cause of anti-fascism.