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  • Media: Microfilm 69 reels Guide: Emma Goldman: A Guide to Her Life and Documentary Sources Edited by Candace Falk, Stephen Cole and Sally Thomas 1995 734pp. 279x216mm clothbound ISBN 0 89887 084 4
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In association with The Emma Goldman Papers Project at the University of California, Berkeley.

'Anarchy stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraints of government.'
Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman (1869-1940) was perhaps the most famous anarchist of her day speaking out on major social issues including birth control, union organization, and equality and independence for women. Dubbed 'Red Emma' by the press, she worked tirelessly, lecturing and writing, for causes linked to individual freedom. Often harassed and arrested, particularly for her opposition to World War I, she played a pivotal role in the drive to secure freedom of speech in America.

For ten years the staff of the Emma Goldman Papers Project has been collecting material from public and private repositories all over the world. Now published on microfilm, The Emma Goldman Papers contain over 22,000 documents - letters, essays, speeches, government files, newspaper clippings - charting the life of one of the most influential and controversial women in modern American history.

The letters record Goldman's life as an activist and public figure with correspondents including such important figures as V.I. Lenin, John Dewey, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Margaret Sanger, Havelock Ellis and Harold Laski. The government documents include surveillance files on Goldman together with court records and transcripts of her various trials.

A wide-ranging resource of interest to researchers in social, legal and cultural history, peace studies, women's studies as well as modern drama, educational reform, psychology, the Russian Revolution and the Spanish civil war.

Guide: Emma Goldman: A Guide to Her Life and Documentary Sources
Edited by Candace Falk, Stephen Cole and Sally Thomas
1995 734pp. 279x216mm clothbound
ISBN 0 89887 084 4

Winner of the Kanner Award for the best bibliographic work in women and gender history in 1995.

The guide to the comprehensive edition includes a foreword by Leon F. Litwack and features introductory and bibliographical essays, an extensive chronology, twenty-seven essays from the microfilm establishing the historical context of the documents, and illustrations. Indexes to correspondence, writings, press reports of her speeches and activities, and government legal and surveillance documents round out the guide to this rich collection of primary sources gathered from archival and personal collections around the world. Portions of the guide are available from U. C. Berkeley's digital library.

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