“Emma Goldman Now Alien”

“EMMA GOLDMAN NOW ALIEN”. This headline, printed in the NY Times in April 1909, announced the cancellation of citizenship of the “woman leader of the Anarchists” (click here for page image).

A century and a few years later, we hope you will join Practical Anarchy, on Sunday, April 29, for a discussion of Emma Goldman’s Living My Life, in which she writes about her personal and public life as “America’s Most Dangerous Woman”.

What: Reading and discussion of Living My Life (abridged) by Emma Goldman

When: April 29, 2:30pm

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen St; http://www.bluestockings.com/events/

FB Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/215308555236217/

Note on abridgements: Living My Life, in some editions, runs beyond 1,000 pages; even the standard abridged version of the text reaches 556 pages. For those who  would like a slightly more abridged version, Practical Anarchy suggests the following:

  • Read Chapters 1-5, 7-8, 11, 17, 21, 23-26, 29-31, 33, 36-38, 41-43, 45, 49, and 52.
  • Chapter 52: Skip the text beginning with “Our train was not to start until two a.m.” up to the paragraph: “My long-awaited opportunity” [pages 438-448 in the Penguin Abridged version]; Skip text beginning:  “Preparations for the expedition” to “The nightmare of travel” [pages 451-469]; Skip text beginning “On the way to Odessa” to “Our expedition was being organized. . .” [pages 474-490]; Skip text beginning “The NEP spread. .  .” to the end of the chapter [pages 512-527]

About the Book. One of the towering figures in global radicalism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, EMMA GOLDMAN (1869–1940) was an anarchist, a feminist, a communist, a unionist, and a proponent of birth control and free love. Her extreme notions made her as much an object of outrage as one of reverence in the tumultuous years of the Gilded Age, World War I, and the Roaring Twenties, and her name remains, to this day, synonymous with ideas of sweeping cultural revolution. Here, in her two-volume memories, first published in 1931, she tells her life story. From her arrival in New York as a 20-year-old seamstress, when she immediately launched into a life of activism and public agitation, she recalls her childhood in Lithuania, her immigration to the U.S. as a teenager, and her wild adventures as an independent and intelligent woman: baptizing babies on a beer barrel, supporting workingmen’s strikes, traveling in Europe… An important and influential figure in such far-flung geopolitical events as the Russian Revolution and the Spanish Civil War, Goldman is one of the most storied people of the 20th century. And her story, in her own inimitable words, is one of the great biographies, and one of the great personal histories of a turbulent era.

*Need help finding the book?  Email us for suggestions: practicalanarchynyc [at] riseup.net

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