Words on Fire: The Life and Writing of Elizabeth Gurley Flynnby Rosalyn Baxandall
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890-1964) lead a long, illustrious, heroic life, which spanned the violent labor strife of the early 1900s, the repression of World War I, the depression of the 1930s, the militance of the World War II period, the jailings of the McCarthy years, and the activism of the early 1960s. As one of the greatest orators of her day, Flynn organized for the Industrial Workers of the World and led many of the Wobbly strikes. She also led many free speech battles (and spent a good amount of time in jail as a result), was one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union, and at the time of her death was chair of the Communist Party of America.
Words on Fire tells the story of Flynn's influence in politics, and also her very colorful personal story. Her life intersected at various points with Sacco and Vanzetti, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Greenwich Village bohemians. Following a brief marriage to another Wobbly, she had affairs with Carlo Tresca, a leading anarchist who was assassinated in 1943, with many members of the Communists Party, and with Marie Equi, a radical physician.
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