Subversive Historian – 05/14/10

Fri, May 14, 2010

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Emma Goldman Passes Away

Back in the day on May 14th, 1940, anarchist, feminist, and revolutionary agitator Emma Goldman passed away in Toronto, Canada at the age of seventy. She had crossed the Atlantic from London that year to raise money for the Iberian leftist crusade against the Spanish fascist forces of Francisco Franco. While in Canada, Goldman suffered a debilitating stroke in February before another stroke eventually took her life the following May. Her passing marked the end of remarkable career lived in rebellious notoriety. Goldman, a Russian-Jewish immigrant, came to the United States in 1885 at the age of seventeen. She worked as a seamstress in a clothing factory before evolving to become of the country’s most outspoken anarchists. Deported from the U.S. in 1917 for her radicalism, “Red” Emma eventually settled in revolutionary Russia. Unimpressed by Bolshevik governance, she became disillusioned as the title of her subsequent book recounting such experiences suggests.

After her death, the United States allowed her body to be buried in Chicago’s Waldheim Cemetery near the graves of the anarchist Haymarket martyrs.

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