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She dared to speak : Connie Birchfield's story / by Maureen Birchfield
Bib ID 548917
Format BookBook
Author
Birchfield, Maureen, 1939-
 
Description Dunedin, N.Z. : University of Otago Press, 1998 
215 p., [20] p. of plates : ill., facsims., ports. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 1877133531
1877133531
Summary

"This is the story of a spirited and courageous woman who was driven by a concern for the welfare of ordinary people. Written by her daughter, it has a liveliness and immediacy which would be difficult for an outsider to achieve."--BOOK JACKET. "Connie Birchfield grew up in Lancashire - working in a cotton mill from the age of thirteen - and emigrated to New Zealand in the 1920s. She became involved in unions and the Labour Party as a hotel worker, and joined the Communist Party as an unemployed worker in the 1930s. In many ways she was a woman ahead of her time - a fine street orator, a candidate in several municipal and general elections, an activist in the working women's movement - much of this while bringing up a family with a husband away at war. Her local community benefited from her organising ability and she always spoke her mind - so much so that she was expelled from the Communist Party in 1957."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Ch. 1. A Policeman's Daughter
  • Ch. 2. Growing Up in Two Worlds
  • Ch. 3. Through the Mill
  • Ch. 4. Turning Point
  • Ch. 5. In Search of Socialism
  • Ch. 6. Surviving the Depression
  • Ch. 7. On Her Soap Box
  • Ch. 8. Ruling the Roost
  • Ch. 9. Party Life
  • Ch. 10. Fifties Turmoil
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-210) and index.

Subjects Birchfield, Connie, - 1898-1994.  |  Women communists - New Zealand - Biography.

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