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Friends of Alice Wheeldon By Sheila Rowbotham

Friends of Alice Wheeldon by Sheila Rowbotham

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Summary

An intense, claustrophobic play about a show-trial of an innocent woman at the height of the First World War.

Friends of Alice Wheeldon Summary

Friends of Alice Wheeldon: The Anti-War Activist Accused of Plotting to Kill Lloyd George by Sheila Rowbotham

This play re-enacts the 1917 trial and imprisonment of Alice Wheeldon, the renowned suffragist, for her alleged role in plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister Lloyd George. It is prefaced by an extended essay 'Rebel Networks in the First World War'.

With claustrophobia and anger, the play recounts how Wheeldon's involvement in socialism, suffragism and the anti-war movement did not endear her to the establishment, and in times of growing class antagonism and war how the government needed to create a traitor.

The controversial trial became something of a cause celebre - a show trial at the height of the First World War - based on fabricated evidence from the criminally insane fantasist 'Alex Gordon'. It was a travesty of justice.

First published nearly thirty years ago, this edition points readers to subsequent research into the case and the ongoing campaign to clear the name of Alice Wheeldon.

Friends of Alice Wheeldon Reviews

'Wonderful, moving and important' -- Adam Hochschild, author of 'To End All Wars: How the First World War Divided Britain'
'The labyrinthine connections of the time between suffragists, shop stewards, anarchists, Marxists, the Independent Labour Party, the Socialist Labour Party and a rich variety of anti-war protestors have never been more brightly illuminated' -- Guardian
'A comprehensive view of the government's attitude to the radical left: it also asks important questions about the role and response of the left to the workings of the state and how we can create alternatives that work' -- Morning Star

About Sheila Rowbotham

Sheila Rowbotham's books have been translated into many languages and her early works are currently being reissued as classic texts of feminism. She is an Honorary Fellow in Social Science at Manchester University. Her recent work includes Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love (Verso 2008), Dreamers of a New Day (Verso 2011), Friends of Alice Wheeldon (Pluto, 2015) and Rebel Crossings (Verso, 2016).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Rebel Networks in the First World War 2. Friends of Alice Wheeldon - Playscript Afterword Glossary Notes Index

Additional information

GOR008644844
9780745335759
0745335756
Friends of Alice Wheeldon: The Anti-War Activist Accused of Plotting to Kill Lloyd George by Sheila Rowbotham
Used - Like New
Paperback
Pluto Press
2015-04-16
240
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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