Hearts And Minds: The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote (Paperback)
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Set against the colorful background of the entire campaign for women to win the vote, Hearts and Minds tells the remarkable and inspiring story of the suffragists' march on London.
1913: the last long summer before the war. The country is gripped by suffragette fever. These impassioned crusaders have their admirers; some agree with their aims if not their forceful methods, while others are aghast at the thought of giving any female a vote.
Meanwhile, hundreds of women are stepping out on to the streets of Britain. They are the suffragists: non-militant campaigners for the vote, on an astonishing six-week protest march they call the Great Pilgrimage. Rich and poor, young and old, they defy convention, risking jobs, family relationships, and even their lives to persuade the country to listen to them.
This is a story of ordinary people effecting extraordinary change. By turns dangerous, exhausting, and exhilarating, the Great Pilgrimage transformed the personal and political lives of women in Britain for ever. Jane Robinson has drawn from diaries, letters, and unpublished accounts to tell the inside story of the march, against the colorful background of the entire suffrage campaign.
Fresh and original, full of vivid detail and moments of high drama, Hearts and Minds is both funny and incredibly moving, important, and wonderfully entertaining.
About the Author
Jane Robinson is also the author of Bluestockings: the Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education. She went to Oxford University to study English Language and Literature at Somerville College. She has worked in the antiquarian book trade and as an archivist and is now a full-time writer and lecturer, specializing in social history through women's eyes. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, member of the Society of Authors, and founder member of Writers in Oxford.
"A story of huge courage and, most of all, immense female camaraderie . . . meticulously researched . . .a fascinating and inspiring read." —Sunday Express
"Inspiring and moving." —Observer
"An excellent account of the suffragist movement." —Financial Times
"The war between the sisters: Smashed windows, lobbed bombs, a fascinating book casts new light on the bitter rivalry between the women who fought for the vote." —Daily Mail
"Hearts and Minds brings the voices of the suffragists to life in a compelling, entertaining and poignant collection of accounts. It’s a history book that should be read by all as we celebrate the centenary of the vote and continue the fight for equality.Meticulously researched yet never dull, it breathes life into a little-known corner of history." —Stylist