Anarchy!: An Anthology of Emma Goldman's Mother Earth / Edition 1

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In March 1906, Emma Goldman published the first issue of Mother Earth, a "Monthly Magazine Devoted to Social Science and Literature." Conceived as a forum for anarchists of every school and variety, Mother Earth laid the groundwork for American radical thought. It did more than report on the contemporary scene-it was part of the action-and its preoccupations preoccupy us still: birth control, women's rights, civil liberties, and questions of social and economic justice. Mother Earth appeared without interruption until August 1917, when it was killed by wartime postal censorship. Though Emma Goldman has since become a legendary figure, scarcely any material from her magazine has remained in print. This Mother Earth reader sets right this great wrong, and restores to public memory an important body of work-provocative writings by Margaret Sanger, Alexander Kropotkin, and dozens of other radical thinkers of the early twentieth century.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Anarchy!: An Anthology of Emma Goldman's Mother Earth, Peter Glassgold (author of the novel Angel Max) culls early 20th-century radical gems from the "Monthly Magazine Devoted to Social Science and Literature." The magazine appeared from 1906 through 1917, when postal censorship interfered. Shortly thereafter, Goldman was imprisoned and then deported to Russia. The entries are divided into categories like "The Woman Question" and "The Social War"; the book features pieces by radical celebrities like Leo Tolstoy ("America and Russia"), Margaret Sanger and Maxim Gorky and by regular contributors such as Alexander Berkman (Mother Earth's primary editor) and Goldman herself ("The White Slave Traffic"). Scholars and progressives will be pleased to find these luminaries of the "Lyrical Left." Eight pages of photos and illus. ( Apr. 1) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Founded by Emma Goldman, Mother Earth magazine presented articles covering social, political, cultural, and historical issues from an anarchist perspective from 1906 to 1917, when it was stifled by wartime censorship. The journal also advocated action on such topics as women's rights, birth control, civil liberties, and social and economic justice. Glassgold (Angel Max) presents 95 articles, letters, poems, essays, stories, and other pieces from the journal. The articles are arranged in six sections covering anarchism, feminism, literature, civil liberties, social issues, and World War I and the Russian Revolution. Goldman, Max Baginski, Alexander Berkman, Margaret Sanger, Voltairine de Cleyre, Leo Tolstoy, and Eugene O'Neill are among the wide range of authors featured in this collection, which Glassgold opens with an excellent brief history of the publication. This anthology provides an exceptional presentation of early 20th-century anarchist ideas. For all academic and larger public library collections. Stephen L. Hupp, Urbana Univ., OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Making available a sampling of writings by Goldman, Tolstoy, Margaret Sanger, and other early 20th century radical thinkers from a foremost US anarchist journal, (1906-18), a New York writer-editor provides a general introduction and introductory notes to groupings by the themes of anarchism, the woman question, literature, civil liberties, the social war, and war and peace. Includes photos of Emma and journal covers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582430409
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST COUNTE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: The Life and Death of Mother Earth xvii

Part 1 Anarchism

Editor's Note 3

Some Definitions 5

The "Criminal Anarchy" Law 6

"Without Government, by Max Baginski 8

Alexander Berkman, by Emma Goldman 14

Leon Czolgosz, by Max Baginski 16

McKinley's Assassination from the Anarchist Standpoint, by Voltairine de Cleyre 22

Violence and Anarchism, by Alexander Berkman 26

Anarchism and American Traditions, by Voltairine de Cleyre 29

Francisco Ferrer, by Emma Goldman 41

Anarchist Symposium: Kropotkin 44

Long Live Anarchy! by Hippolyte Havel 49

The Pioneer of Communist Anarchism in America, by Max Baginski 53

Voltairine de Cleyre, by Alexander Berkman 57

The Causes of the Chicago Martyrdom, by Alexander Berkman 59

The Paris Commune, by Voltairine de Cleyre 63

Michael Bakunin (1814-1914), by Max Baginski 69

Mutual Aid: An Important Factor in Evolution, by Peter Kropotkin 72

Dynamite! by Charles Robert Plunkett 75

Anarchism: Communist or Individualist?-Both, by Max Nettlau 79

Emma Goldman in Chicago, by Margaret Anderson 84

The Philosophy of Atheism, by Emma Goldman 88

Part 2 The Woman Question

Editor's Note 97

Modesty, by Margaret Grant 99

They Who Marry Do Ill, by Voltairine de Cleyre 103

The White Slave Traffic, by Emma Goldman 113

The Sterilization of the Unfit, by Peter Kropotkin 120

Feminism in America, by R.A.P. 124

Three Letters and a Vindication, by Margaret Sanger 126

A Letter from Margaret Sanger (I) 127

Not Guilty! 130

To My Friends 132

A Letter from Margaret Sanger (II) 133

The Social Aspects of Birth Control, by Emma Goldman 134

Reflections on Emma Goldman's Trial, by Leonard D. Abbott 140

The Woman Suffrage Chameleon, by Emma Goldman 144

Part 3 Literature

Editor's Note 151

The Song of the Storm-Finch, by Maxim Gorky Alice Stone Blackwell 153

Comrade, by Maxim Gorky S. Persky 154

Fifty Years of Bad Luck, by Sadakichi Hartmann 159

The Jungle (Upton Sinclair), A Recension by Veritas 164

Henrik Ibsen, by Georg Brandes 168

The Bomb (Frank Harris), by Alexander Berkman 174

The Woman and the Poet, by Floyd Dell 179

Comstock Soliloquizes, by Don Marquis 183

The Dominant Idea, by Voltairine de Cleyre 185

Martin Eden (Jack London), by Hippolyte Havel 196

The "American Sovereign," [by Eugene O'Neill] 199

Freedom, by Lola Ridge 200

Prison Memoirs (Alexander Berkman), by Bayard Boyesen 202

My Belovèd, by Mabel Dodge 205

The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky), by Hippolyte Havel 206

The Feast of Belshazzar, by Voltairine de Cleyre 211

To Our Martyred Dead, by Adolf Wolff 212

Voltairine de Cleyre's Posthumous Book, by Leonard D. Abbott 214

Flowers and Ashes, by Louise Bryant 218

The Mob, by Ben Hecht 221

Part 4 Civil Liberties

Editor's Note 227

Three Portraits of St. Anthony 229

The Confiscated Picture 230

Anthony B. Comstock's Adventures, by Max Baginski 233

Recent Adventures of St. Anthony, by Max Baginski 235

Prisons and Crime, by Alexander Berkman 237

The Fight for Free Speech, by Ben L. Reitman 243

The Philadelphia Farce, by Voltairine de Cleyre 246

On Liberty, by Voltairine de Cleyre 252

L'École Rénovée, by Francisco Ferrer 257

The Need of Translating Ideals into Life, by Alexander Berkman 265

The Respectable Mob, by Ben L. Reitman 269

Prisons: Universities of Crime, by Peter Kropotkin 274

Tannenbaum before Pilate, by Alexander Berkman 277

A New Adventure in Arcadia, by Louise Bryant 281

The Case of Mooney and Billings 285

Legal Assassination, by Alexander Berkman 286

A Lynch Jury in San Francisco Convicts Thomas Mooney 290

Part 5 The Social War

Editor's Note 295

Aim and Tactics of the Trade-Union Movement, by Max Baginski 297

A Study of the General Strike in Philadelphia, by Voltairine de Cleyre 307

Everlasting Murder, by Max Baginski 312

The Source of Violence, by Alexander Berkman 315

The Mexican Revolution, by Voltairine de Cleyre 318

The Commune of Paris, by Peter Kropotkin 333

The Movement of the Unemployed, by Alexander Berkman 338

Remember Ludlow! by Julia May Courtney 344

Donald Vose: The Accursed, by Emma Goldman 347

On the Death of James Connolly and Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, by Padraic Colum 352

Part 6 War and Peace

Editor's Note 357

National Atavism, by Internationalist 359

Enough of Illusions! by Peter Kropotkin 365

America and Russia, by Leo Tolstoy 370

War and the Anarchist Schism 373

Kropotkin on the Present War, by Peter Kropotkin 374

In Reply to Kropotkin, by Alexander Berkman 380

Observations and Comments 382

International Anarchist Manifesto on the War 385

Italy Also! by Errico Malatesta 388

The War at Home 391

The Promoters of the War Mania, by Emma Goldman 392

The No-Conscription League, by Emma Goldman 398

Speaking of Democracy, by Martha Gruening 400

The Russian Revolution 405

The Russian Revolution, by Emma Goldman 406

The Trotsky Idea, by Alexander Berkman 409

The Surgeon's Dury, by Alexander Berkman 411


The Trial and Conviction of Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, by Leonard D. Abbott 413

Bibliography 443

Index 446

Illustrations follow page 220

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