From Suffragette to Homesteader

Exploring British and Canadian Colonial Histories and Women’s Politics through Memoir

Edited by Emily van der Meulen  

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From Suffragette to Homesteader opens a unique window into the past. Central to this book is a powerful memoir written in 1952 by Ethel Marie Sentance as an anniversary present for her husband, Clarence. The memoir begins in 1883 and details Ethel’s early life in a small English village. Frustrated with women’s social and political inequality, Ethel became a suffragette in her early twenties. She participated in meetings and rallies, sold suffrage newspapers, and was eventually jailed for breaking a window at a protest. In 1912, her life changed considerably when she married and relocated to the Saskatchewan prairies to become a homesteader and settler.

Surrounding Ethel’s memoir are chapters by leading historians and life-writing scholars that provide further analysis and context, exploring topics within and beyond those written about by Ethel. Together, the chapters in this book tell a compelling story of early and mid twentieth century social justice advocacy, women’s and feminist histories, struggles for gender equality, and the farmworker and homesteader experience. At the same time, the book is also a story of imperialism and the British Empire, race and class, and settler colonialism.

  • History
  • ISBN: 9781773631264
  • September 2018
  • 204 Pages
  • For sale worldwide
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  • ISBN: 9781773631288
  • October 2018
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  • EPUB
  • ISBN: 9781773631271
  • October 2018
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Contents

  • Foreword (Marlene Kadar)
  • “Just a Simple Story, Simply Told”: A Memoir in Context (Emily van der Meulen)
  • Engaging in Complex Relationships: On Reading and Understanding Women’s Historical Life Narratives (Vicki S. Hallett)
  • Memories (1883–1952) (Ethel Marie Sentance)
  • “Deeds, Not Words”: The Struggle of the Suffragettes in Edwardian Britain (June Purvis)
  • Locating Race in Suffrage: Discourses and Encounters with Race and Empire in the British Suffrage Movement (Sumita Mukherjee)
  • “From One Part of the Empire to Another”: Promoting a Settler-Colonial Future in Late-Nineteenth Century Canadian Immigration Handbooks (Jarett Henderson)
  • Unsettling Imperial Ties: Rethinking Suffrage in the Context of Settler Colonialism in Canada (Maureen Moynagh and Nancy Forestell)
  • “Faithful, Brave-Hearted Pioneer Woman”: Examining Women’s Daily Lives on Saskatchewan Homesteads (Sandra Rollings-Magnusson)
  • Sewing the Threads of Resilience: Twentieth Century Indian Homemakers’ Clubs in Western Canada (Sarah A. Nickel)
  • Women and the Vote in Canada: A Brief Timeline (Emily van der Meulen)
  • Index

Authors

  • Emily van der Meulen

    Emily van der Meulen is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University. Her co-edited books include Red Light Labour: Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance and Expanding the Gaze: Gender and the Politics of Surveillance.

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