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KENNEY, Annie.
Memories of a Militant. With portraits.
London: Edward Arnold & Co., 1924. Octavo. Original purple cloth, spine and front board lettered in green, thick concentric green and white horizontal lines to spine ends continuing across front board. 16 pp. publisher's catalogue at rear. Ownership signature of John [?Saulle] to front free endpaper. Overall a very good copy, the cloth boards remaining pleasingly bright, spine faded, with some shelfwear. Photographic portrait frontispiece of Kenney, with tissue guard, and 7 photographic plates, showing portraits of Christabel Pankhurst, Emmeline Pankhurst, Constance Lytton, Emmeline Pethick Lawrence, Flora McKinnon Drummond, Mabel Tuke, and Jessie Kenney. First edition, first impression, of Kenney's scarce autobiography, an emotional account of the militant suffrage movement by one of its "leading actors" (foreword), with a purple "presentation copy" stamp to the title page. After hearing Christabel Pankhurst and Teresa Billington-Greig speak about women's suffrage at a trades council meeting in her local town of Oldham, Annie Kenney (1879-1953) became one of the leading figures in the WSPU, co-founding the first London branch with Millie Baldock, Sylvia Pankhurst, and Dora Montefiore, and encouraging the policy of militancy within the group. When Christabel fled to Paris to avoid arrest in 1912 after the window-smashing campaign, Kenney took charge of the WSPU's London activities, one of the only working-class women in a position of authority in the organisation. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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