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

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

by Peter Glassgold


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In Anarchy! An Anthology of Emma Goldman's Mother Earth , Peter Glassgold brings to the page political activist and anarchist Emma Goldman’s most radical contribution, Mother Earth, a monthly journal about social science and literature. Glassgold has compiled Mother Earth’s most provocative articles, with thematic categories ranging from "The Woman Question" to "The Social War" and features a diverse selection of writers, such as Leo Tolstoy, Margaret Sanger, Peter Kropotkin, and Alexander Berkman.

Mother Earth was published from 1906 to 1918, when birth control, the labor movement, sexual freedom, and the arts where common subjects. The supporters of the journal helped form what was the “radical left” in the United States at the turn of the century. Goldman was imprisoned and ultimately deported to her native Russia. This new edition includes the transcripts from the trial and the summations of both Alexander Berkman and Goldman.

With a new preface by the editor, this book offers historical grounding to many of our contemporary political movements, from libertarianism to the Occupy! actions. Anarchy! provides unprecedented access to Goldman’s beliefs, offering insight to the political activism that existed at the time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619020214
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Edition description: New
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(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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