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Alice Paul: The Militant

From the Collection: Fighting for a More Perfect Union: Protest and Politics in America

While studying in London, Alice Paul joined the 'suffragettes'. She attended rallies, disrupted speeches and took part in deputations demanding the right to vote. In the summer of 1909, she and 111 other suffragettes were arrested. In jail, she declared herself a political prisoner, refused nourishment and was force fed twice daily — some fifty-five times.

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