Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America. Abridged paperback edition / Edition 1

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Overview

Through his many books on the history of anarchism, Paul Avrich has done much to dispel the public's conception of the anarchists as mere terrorists. In Anarchist Voices, Avrich lets American anarchists speak for themselves. This abridged edition contains fifty-three interviews conducted by Avrich over a period of thirty years, interviews that portray the human dimensions of a movement much maligned by the authorities and contemporary journalists. Most of the interviewees (anarchists as well as their friends and relatives) were active during the heyday of the movement, between the 1880s and the 1930s. They represent all schools of anarchism and include both famous figures and minor ones, previously overlooked by most historians. Their stories provide a wealth of personal detail about such anarchist luminaries as Emma Goldman and Sacco and Vanzetti.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
This gracefully edited study should interest all students of American radicalism. . . .
The Times Literary Supplement
Avrich shows that anarchists were much more than black-caped figures with fizzing bombs, but at the same time he does not try to sanitize them. He makes it quite clear, for example, that Sacco and Vanzetti were disciples of Luigi Galleani, who favored bomb and dynamite attacks on capitalists, and that they were active members of terrorist conspiracies.
The Nation
[Avrich takes] a utilitarian approach to oral history as a kind of backup for missing archival sources ... [and] achieves some wonderful results.
— Paul Buhle
The Times Higher Education Supplement
One of the most valuable records of anarchism ever published. . . . The cumulative effect is an astonishing kaleidoscope of policies and personalities unobtrusively revolved before our eyes.
— Nicolas Walter
The Nation - Paul Buhle
[Avrich takes] a utilitarian approach to oral history as a kind of backup for missing archival sources ... [and] achieves some wonderful results.
The Times Higher Education Supplement - Nicolas Walter
One of the most valuable records of anarchism ever published. . . . The cumulative effect is an astonishing kaleidoscope of policies and personalities unobtrusively revolved before our eyes.
From the Publisher
"Avrich shows that anarchists were much more than black-caped figures with fizzing bombs, but at the same time he does not try to sanitize them. He makes it quite clear, for example, that Sacco and Vanzetti were disciples of Luigi Galleani, who favored bomb and dynamite attacks on capitalists, and that they were active members of terrorist conspiracies."—The Times Literary Supplement

"[Avrich takes] a utilitarian approach to oral history as a kind of backup for missing archival sources ... [and] achieves some wonderful results."—Paul Buhle, The Nation

"This gracefully edited study should interest all students of American radicalism. . . . "—Choice

"A vital contribution to the history of the American left."—Library Journal

"One of the most valuable records of anarchism ever published. . . . The cumulative effect is an astonishing kaleidoscope of policies and personalities unobtrusively revolved before our eyes."—Nicolas Walter, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691044941
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/8/1996
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

List Of Illustrations vii
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
PART ONE: PIONEERS
Introduction 3
Oriole Tucker Riche 8
Alexandra Kropotkin 11
John J. Most, Jr. 13
MarySchwab 14
Grace Umrath 16
Brigitte Hausberger 20
Fermin Rocker 24
PART TWO: EMMA GOLDMAN
Introduction 31
Freda Diamond 37
Luba Stein Benenson 41
Roger N. Baldwin 42
Gabriel Javsicas 46
Ida Gershoy 48
Millie Grobstein 51
Ahrne Thorne 54
PART THREE: SACCO AND VANZETTI
Introduction 61
George T Kelley 66
Beltrando Brini 67
Joseph Moro 71
Bartolomeo Provo 75
Sara R. Ehrmarnn 79
William Gallo 81
Frank Brand 84
Attillio Bortolotti 91
PART FOUR: SCHOOLS AND COLONIES
Introduction 107
Manuel Komroff 112
Maurice Hollod 116
Charles Plunkett 121
Emma Gilbert 126
Eva Bein 130
David Dadisman 160
Philip Trupin 162
Suzanne Hotkine Avins 133
Jo Ann Burbank 136
Ben Lieberman 140
Eva Brandes 142
Nellie Dick 149
Macie Pope158
Louis A. Gittelman 165
PART FIVE: ETHNIC ANARCHISTS
Introduction 171
Sam Dreen 176
Lena Shlakman 180
Bessie Zoglin 183
Clara Halpern 186
Morris Schulmeister 192
VictorLynn 197
Morris Ganberg 201
Mark Mratchny 206
Marcelino Garcia 210
Juan Anido 212
H. L. Wei 214
PART SIX: THE 1920s AND AFTER
Introduction 219
Sam Dolgoff 223
Jack Frager 233
Abe Bluestein237
Louis Genin 241
Fred Woodworth 245
Anne McVey 247
Notes 249
List of Periodicals 285
Further Reading 293
Index 299

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