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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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A leaflet describing the force-feeding of suffragettes at Walton Gaol, Liverpool, December 1909
(Catalogue ref: HO 144/1052/187234)
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HO 144/1052/187234; leaflet describing force-feeding of suffragettes, 1909

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What happened to these suffragettes when they were imprisoned?
  • How does the author of the leaflet show anger at how the suffragettes have been treated? (Look at the words used to describe these events.)
  • Why are electors (voters) being encouraged to vote against the Liberal candidate in the next election?
  • Does this leaflet show us anything about the organisation the suffragette movement?
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