Suffragette Violence Analysis

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This review of this particular article, An Examination of Suffragette Violence, Bearman, C. J. (2005), will piece together the aims and objectives, along with looking at the its influences on other arguments within the subject area. Also the type of sources used throughout the article to help explain Bearman’s argument, and how it compares with other studies.

The abstract for this article provides an outline for the main arguments, which are: an analysis and assessment of the impact of the violence caused by the suffragette movement, with close consideration to the Women’s Social and Political Union. This article looks at whether political violence helped towards the right to vote for women, (An Examination of Suffragette Violence, Abstract:
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It looks closely at the articles and books written by or about the suffragette movement, and Bearman establishes a theory of which in the more urban areas the violence was greater, and more organized. He uses several data tables, as a visual aid to show a more conclusive argument. One of Bearmans points is that most of the violent phenomena are reactionary; this conclusion is drawn after looking at the breakdown cities and number of occurrences. Also, after looking at other sources which have noted a pattern between Pankhurst being arrested or imprisoned (Emmeline Pankhurst: A Biography, p. 242, 2002).

Compared to other articles, and also books published, this particular article seems to have no bias in the sources that are used. Though has created a center for stronger opinions to be published by already established authors. Elizabeth Crawford, author of The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide is one of the few that support Bearmans argument to an extent, however, disagrees with overall assessment that there no other available accounts to show his side to the argument, (Row erupts over suffragette tale,
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However, Bearman does reference from Lloyd George, on how he felt poisoned against the movement through the use militancy. This is further added to by another source, Philip Snowden agreed with Lloyd George, in a published article, (December, 1913) he wrote that: ‘Mr. Lloyd George is absolutely right when he says that militancy has turned a good deal of indifference into outright hostility’. This shows along with his concluding statements, that without the these attack being done during the outbreak of war, it could have delayed the right to vote another generation, and changed the reputation of the Pankhurst’s to failed terrorists, (An Examination of Suffragette Violence,
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