The revolutionary life of Emma Goldman, anarchist legend


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whose power with words was sometimes referred to as a “sledgehammer.”

Now that’s something to write home about!


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There’s a legend that a working class, anarchist, alumnus of the grammar school that my wife teaches at, got into an argument with her about the merits (or lack thereof) of boxing…


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This video made me appreciate her all the more!

Any one who was “dangerous” to Hoover is probably someone on the right side of history. :slight_smile:


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One thing that’s always impressed me about her is that when she was deported to Soviet Russia in the '20s, while most American socialists and many anarchists were being completely snowed by talk of how great and liberating it would be, she saw for herself that it was rapidly turning into a different kind of oppressive society, and effectively said “Fuck that too” and left it to carry on working on making the world a better place.

Me and my ex named one of our cats “Emma” in honor of her.


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Goldman is an important supporting character in Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow.

A favorite quote:

“She wore hornrimmed glasses that enlarged her eyes and suggested the constant outrage to her soul of the sights she saw.”

For me, Ragtime is The Great American Novel, worth re-reading at least once a year.


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I’d hardly call Emma Goldman “ordinary.”


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I was just sharing a story about one of her visits to Cleveland with a friend a few days ago. https://books.google.com/books?id=1BdAXmOv7mAC&lpg=PP1&dq=inauthor%3A"Frederic%20Clemson%20Howe"&pg=PA138#v=onepage&q&f=false


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