Emma Goldman


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Emma Goldman (June 27 [O.S. June 15] 1869 – May 14, 1940) was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century.

Born in Kovno in the Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania), Goldman emigrated to the U.S. in 1885... more »

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  • ''The government will ... go on in the highly democratic method of conscripting American manhood for European slaughter.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. "Address to the Jury," Mother Earth (July 1917).
  • No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed. The law is a chariot wheel which binds us all regardless of conditions...
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. "Address to the Jury," Mother Earth (New York, July 1917).
  • ''Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name!''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. "Anarchism: What It Really Stands For," Anarchism and Other Essays (1910).
  • ''The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. "Anarchism: What It Really Stands For," Anarchism and Other Essays (1910).
  • ''Crime is naught but misdirected energy.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. "Anarchism: What It Really Stands For," Anarchism and Other Essays (1910).
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