One man, one women, one vote - suffrage campaigns in Leicester

Ref: C2339485

In the first part of the course we will look at campaigns for 'one man, one vote' in elections to Parliament from the late 18th century through to the second half of the 19th century. We will consider why men wanted the vote, what sort of tactics they used in their attempts to secure it, and why they eventually succeeded. This will include the Chartist campaigns of the 1830s and 1840s, in which Leicester played a leading role. In the second part, we will ask and answer the same questions about votes for women, looking both at the activities of the suffragists from the 1850s, and the more militant tactics of the suffragettes in the early 20th century. Both will refer in particular to Leicester.

Course aim

To provide an overview of campaigns for the parliamentary vote in Leicester from the 1790s.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify some of the reasons why both men and women wanted the vote in elections to Parliament.
  • Give an outline of their tactics at different times, and consider how effective they were, with particular reference to Leicester.
  • Explain when and why the vote was eventually extended to both men and women.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • As this is a short one-off course, individual feedback will not be appropriate.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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One man, one women, one vote - suffrage campaigns in Leicester

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