Emma Goldman and the American Left: Nowhere at Home

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Emma Goldman and the American Left: Nowhere at Home

Emma Goldman and the American Left Nowhere at Home Emma Goldman anarchist feminist and social reformer continues to fascinate to this day both because of her pioneering activism and the force of her remarkable personality She first bec

  • Title: Emma Goldman and the American Left: Nowhere at Home
  • Author: Marian J. Morton
  • ISBN: 9780805777949
  • Page: 455
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  • Emma Goldman 1869 1940 , anarchist, feminist, and social reformer, continues to fascinate to this day, both because of her pioneering activism and the force of her remarkable personality She first became interested in politics in the revolutionary circles of late nineteenth century St Petersburg Then, on emigration to the United States, this daughter of a poor, RussianEmma Goldman 1869 1940 , anarchist, feminist, and social reformer, continues to fascinate to this day, both because of her pioneering activism and the force of her remarkable personality She first became interested in politics in the revolutionary circles of late nineteenth century St Petersburg Then, on emigration to the United States, this daughter of a poor, Russian Jewish family threw herself into political agitation on behalf of a host of radical causes, from free love to birth control to anarchism At a time when women only rarely participated in public life, she was a highly visible exception, drawing crowds and the attention of the police wherever she went In addition to her political activities, she played an important role in introducing the most advanced European thought and literature to an American public Jailed for agitating against American entry into World War I, she was deported to the newly born Soviet Union in 1919 There, she worked on behalf of the Bolshevik government, but soon became disillusioned with the Soviet state, which she came to see as a nascent tyranny Fleeing that country, she spent the rest of her life wandering, a permanent exile nowhere at home During Goldman s later life, and especially after her death, her reputation went into a temporary eclipse As the social upheavals of the earlier part of the century faded from memory and as the anarchist movement declined, she came to seem a colorful but irrelevant figure of an increasingly distant past With the onset of a new wave of political discontent in the 1960s, however, Goldman was once again a subject of scholarly and popular interest Her writings were reissued her image was often displayed on wall posters and picket signs her name and example were frequently invoked by the activists of the period Indeed, for the feminists and radicals of the 1960s and 70s, Emma Goldman achieved the status of an icon, the very symbol of personal and political liberation.

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