Emily Wilding Davison Analysis

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“Deeds Not Words” is an article by Diane Atkinson that examines the fateful suicidal protest of Emily Wilding Davison and its connection to a particular method of modern terrorism. Atkinson believes the modern suicide bombers and the fighters of the Edwardian suffragette movement as Davison are one and the same. They both are trying to fight for their beliefs and feel the need to resort to drastic measures to get their message heard. Emily Wilding Davison’s historic protest on Derby Day, June 4th, 1913, was not the first of her many controversial protests for the suffragette militancy. As Davison prepared for one of the most important moments of her life, the King’s jockey, Hebert Jones, prepared to compete in two significant races for the monarchy. Jones proceeded to get dressed in royal racing silks while Davison made her way to Victoria Station to buy a return ticket to Epsom Downs.…show more content…
Davison walked Tattenham Corner while the King, Queen, and their entourages sat and celebrated unsuspecting of what was to come. As the second race began, she prepared to make history as she climbed over the fences towards 16 oncoming horses and jockeys. Carrying a banner bearing the suffragette colors of purple, green and white, Davison rushed onto the track to remind “the king of his government’s callous injustice to women” (Atkinson 39). The collision of Davison, Anmer, and Jones left herself seriously injured, Jones with injuries minimal enough so that he could refuse a trip to the hospital, and the horse unharmed. Davison was taken unconscious to Epson Cottage hospital for her injures while Jones insisted he did not need to go and through he had a concussion and an arm in a sling, he and Anmer were celebrated as they walked back into the
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