Thursday, June 27, 2013

Happy birthday, Emma Goldman

It is the birthday of anarchist Emma Goldman (1869), who wrote fervently and extensively on patriotism, anarchism, atheism, women's rights, social issues, military draft, worker's rights, and capitalism. In 1919, she and her lover and fellow anarchist Alexander Berkman (pictured) were deported to Russia because of their radical beliefs. At first she embraced the Bolshevik revolution but then came to oppose its heavy-handed policies. She campaigned for leftist causes throughout Europe, including support for anarchists in the Spanish Civil War. She eventually loathed Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, and Franco. She wrote Anarchism and Other Essays (1910), The Social Significance of Modern Drama (1914), My Disillusionment in Russia (1923), My Further Disillusionment in Russia (1924), and Living My Life (1931).

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