Happy Birthday Emma!
Emma Goldman (1869–1940), a Russian-born anarchist, socialist, and feminist, was a thorn in the side of mainstream American society in the early part of the 20th century. She traveled constantly, delivering vitriolic speeches, lecturing, picketing, marching, and demonstrating for First Amendment rights. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the 20th century.
There is literally no way to come close to an accurate summary of Emma Goldman’s eventful life in a brief biography. For instance, she served time after being accused of responsibility for the assassination of a U.S. President. She and her lover attempted to assassinate a leading strike-breaker industrialist in the name of the workers. She was ofter arrested for lecturing on birth control and a woman’s right to control her own body.
The editors recommend you immediately go out and read Emma Goldman’s amazing biography Living My Life.