Emma Goldman

(1869_1940 / Kaunas)

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 and lived in New York City, where she joined the burgeoning anarchist movement in 1889. Attracted to anarchism after the Haymarket affair, Goldman became a writer and a renowned lecturer on anarchist philosophy, women's rights, and social issues, attracting crowds of thousands. She and anarchist ... 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).
  • ''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).
  • ''The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. "Anarchism: What It Really Stands For," Anarchism and Other Essays (1910).
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