Suf­fragettes de­bate

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

It’s a great pity if school stu­dents are not told the whole story of suf­frage cam­paign­ing ( Let­ters, July). In 50 years of read­ing about it, and teach­ing it at univer­sity, I’ve no­ticed no sup­pres­sion of suf­fragette vi­o­lence but an ac­tive de­bate about whether it aided or hin­dered the cause. Every­one should know about it, in a bal­anced way. In aiming to dam­age prop­erty not peo­ple – and suc­ceed­ing – it was very dif­fer­ent to IRA and more re­cent ter­ror­ist hor­rors. No one died.

Its tac­tics were unique among mil­i­tant move­ments in mod­ern Bri­tish his­tory. Per­haps this is why His­toric Eng­land has listed as Na­tional Her­itage sites 41 places of ‘Suf­fragette Protest and Sab­o­tage’, in­clud­ing bomb sites, ad­vised by suf­frage his­to­ri­ans who have no in­ter­est in cov­er­ing up any­thing. To dis­cover the true story of suf­fragette mil­i­tancy, peo­ple should visit th­ese sites, listed on His­toric Eng­land’s web­site along with the back­ground sto­ries. Pro­fes­sor Pat Thane, Lon­don

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