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Book launch: Sylvia Pankhurst Natural Born Rebel
Online book launch of this major new biography with author Rachel Holmes in conversation with historian Mary Davis
Born into one of Britain’s most famous activist families, Sylvia Pankhurst was a natural rebel; a talented artist, prolific writer and a newspaper editor. A free spirit and radical visionary, history placed her in the shadow of her famous mother, Emmeline, and elder sister, Christabel. Yet Sylvia Pankhurst was the most revolutionary of them all.
Sylvia found her voice fighting militantly for votes for women, but the vote was just the beginning of her lifelong defense of human rights. From her early warnings of the rise of fascism in Europe, to her campaigning against racism and championing of the liberation struggles in Africa and India, Sylvia’s adventures in America, Soviet Russia, Scandinavia, Europe and East Africa made her a true internationalist. She was one of the great minds of the modern era, engaging with political giants, including Churchill, Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, George Bernard Shaw, W.E.B. Du Bois and Haile Selassie.
Holmes argues that Pankhurst’s campaigning reached far beyond the suffragette movement and in Sylvia Pankhurst she interweaves the personal and political to reveal Sylvia Pankhurst as never before.
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