Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman, 1869–1940, American anarchist, b. Lithuania. She emigrated to Rochester, N.Y., in 1886 and worked there in clothing factories. After 1889 she was active in the anarchist movement, and her speeches attracted attention throughout the United States. In 1893, Goldman was imprisoned for inciting to riot. From 1906 she was associated with Alexander Berkman in publishing the anarchist paper Mother Earth. In 1916 she was imprisoned for publicly advocating birth control, and in 1917 for obstructing the draft. With Berkman, Goldman was deported in 1919 to Russia but left that country in 1921 because of her disagreement with the Bolshevik government. In 1926 she married James Colton, a Welshman. She was permitted to reenter the United States for a lecture tour in 1934 on condition that she refrain from public discussion of politics. She took an active part in the Spanish civil war in 1936. She died in Toronto.

See her Living My Life (1931). Other writings include Anarchism and Other Essays (1911), Social Significance of Modern Drama (1914), and My Disillusionment in Russia (1923). See biographies by R. Drinnon (1961), A. Shulman (1971), C. Falk (1984), A. Wexler (1984 and 1992), and V. Gornick (2011); C. Falk et al., ed., Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years (2003); P. and K. Avrich, Sasha and Emma (2012).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

FREE! Anarchism and Other Essays
Emma Goldman.
Mother Earth Publishing, 1917 (3rd Rev. edition)
Love, Anarchy, and Emma Goldman
Candace Serena Falk.
Rutgers University Press, 1990 (Revised edition)
The Essential Works of Anarchism
Marshall S. Shatz.
Quadrangle Books, 1972
Librarian’s tip: "Emma Goldman: Anarchism and the Liberated Woman"
Critics & Crusaders: A Century of American Protest
Charles A. Madison.
H. Holt and Company, 1947
Librarian’s tip: "Emma Goldman: Anarchist Rebel" begins on p. 214
The Boss: J. Edgar Hoover and the Great American Inquisition
Athan G. Theoharis; John Stuart Cox.
Temple University Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Three "Emma Goldman and the Scourge of the Infidel"
Invisible Giants: Fifty Americans Who Shaped the Nation but Missed the History Books
Mark Carnes.
Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Emma Goldman [27 June 1869-14 May 1940]" begins on p. 101
American Women Civil Rights Activists: Biobibliographies of 68 Leaders, 1825-1992
Gayle J. Hardy.
McFarland, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 26 "Emma Goldman (1869-1940)"
Sexual Power: Feminism and the Family in America
Carolyn Johnston.
University of Alabama Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Frances Wright, Victoria Woodhull, and Emma Goldman" begins on p. 75
Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell.
Greenwood Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Emma Goldman (1869-1940), Feminist, Anarchist"
From Private Vice to Public Virtue: The Birth Control Movement and American Society since 1830
James Reed.
Basic Books, 1978
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Emma Goldman begins on p. 47
Movers and Shakers: American Women Thinkers and Activists, 1900-1970
June Sochen.
Quadrangle, 1973
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Emma Goldman begins on p. 59
Dangerous Women-Dangerous Ideas
Greenland, Cyril.
The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, Vol. 11, No. 3-4, Fall-Winter 2002
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American Political Prisoners: Prosecutions under the Espionage and Sedition Acts
Stephen M. Kohn.
Praeger, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Emma Goldman begins on p. 33
Utopianism and Radicalism in a Reforming America, 1888-1918
Francis Robert Shor.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Anarchist Utopianism in the Political Discourse of Emma Goldman" begins on p. 123
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