Source enquiry: Protest, law and order in the 20thcenturyExam: Tuesday, 7th June 2011 in the morning Factors to think about Key skills Content Political protests The Suffragettes’ campaign for votes for women 1903-1914 The Poll Tax protests 1990 Economic protests The General Strike 1926 The Miners’ Strike 1984-1985 • Leadership • Organisation • The media • The powers of governments • How all the above affected the • success or failure of the protests • Inference and portrayal • Source analysis • Source evaluation for reliability (can we trust it?) and utility (how useful? does it help us understand?) • Cross referencing of sources • Using sources and own knowledge to make a judgment For discussion • Do protests ever win against • governments? • Can violence be justified in pursuit of a • cause? • Is state violence acceptable? • Is peaceful civil disobedience an • effective way to protest? • How far would you be prepared to go to • protest for or against something? • Breaking the law? Risking injury or death?
Protest, law and order in the 20th century Acronyms Suffragettes: NUWSS Suffragists (nonviolent action) WSPU Suffragettes (direct action) General Strike: TUC trades union congress TIA triple alliance (railwaymen, dockers, transport workers) OMS volunteers to break the strike Miners’ Strike: NUM miners’ union NCB coal board (running the mines for the government) UDM breakaway miners’ union in Nottinghamshire Poll Tax Protests: APTUs anti-poll tax unions ABAPTF all Britain anti-poll tax organisation