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It's All About Emma

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Emma Goldman (1869–1940): She was one of anarchism’s greatest advocates, an outspoken feminist and a rousing speaker to boot. It’s not her birthday, nor the anniversary of her death, but we here at Social Anarchism have noticed a flurry of discussion about good ol’ Red Emma — from the publication of her correspondance and related documents to a PBS documentary. So we’ve collected a series of articles and reviews all about Emma. David Porter and Sharon Presley weigh in on the massive tomes comprising A Documentary History, Richard Kostelanetz offers his take on the irony of an NEH-funded history of her life, Frank Adams reviews Howard Zinn’s play Emma, Howard Ehrlich looks at the anthology of Goldman’s Mother Earth publication, and Kathryn Rosenfeld finds sympathy with a perfectly unreasonable attitude.

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