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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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An account by Mary Richardson, a suffragette, who saw what happened to Emily Davison
(Mary Raleigh Richardson, ‘Laugh a Defiance: an autobiography’, George Weidenfeld & Nicolson: an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group, London, 1953)
Mary Raleigh Richardson’s 1953 autobiography; extract on what happened to Emily Davison

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What was the author doing at Derby day?
  • Why was she surprised to see Emily Davison there?
  • How does this version of events differ from the account given in source 3?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of this evidence when trying to find out what really happened?
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