This is a unique and absorbing social document: the first-hand account of the life and
struggles of a working-class woman who became a local leader in the Suffragette and
Labour movements in the north of England.
Most of the suffragette leaders came from the middle class; this autobiography gives a
different side of the picture. Hannah Mitchell was born in Derbyshire, but her adult life was mainly spent in north
Manchester. To say that she was uneducated is an understatement; she had only a fort- night's formal schooling and ran away from
home to escape from a tyrannical mother who was determined to make her into a
domestic drudge. She experienced the miseries of a clothing sweat-shop, but by force of character she educated hersclf and
became a competent speaker and writer.
The straightforward account she gives of her complete dedication to the causes of
Women's Suffrage and the Independent Labour Party is very moving.
The manuscript has been edited by Hannah's grandson, Geoffrey Mitchell, a schoolmaster in Suffolk, who provides the
necessary family details and the social and political background of the story. There is a
preface by George Ewart Evans, the well-known writer on Suffolk and the sociology of the countryside, who immediately saw the importance of the manuscript when it was
brought to his attention.
Hardback with dust cover. Clean text, sound binding, Pages and cover are clean and intact, slight wear on the edge of cover, name marking on first page