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Anarchy! : an anthology of Emma Goldman's Mother earth
Glassgold, Peter, 1939-
First Counterpoint paperback edition.
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Washington, D.C. : Counterpoint, [2001]

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xxxvi, 428 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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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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Peter Glassgold's is a Writer, editor and translator

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Anarchism is back in the news, with the involvement of small anarchist cells in recent demonstrations against the World Bank and World Trade Organizations. Where interest in the American background of this movement is strong (pro or con), Glassgold's collection of articles from Goldman's Mother Earth will circulate. Goldman and her associates published the periodical for more than 10 years, from 1906 until 1917, when censorship by wartime postal authorities prevented distribution. The six groups of selections cover anarchist theory, "the woman question," literature, civil liberties, "the social war," and war and peace. In addition to Goldman and her New York circle, contributors include Kropotkin, Gorky, and Tolstoy; Errico Malatesta and Padraic Colum; and Margaret Anderson, Margaret Sanger, Floyd Dell, Don Marquis, Mabel Dodge, Eugene O'Neill, and Louise Bryant. A fascinating survey of the reactions of American anarchism's key players to significant issues and events of their time. --Mary Carroll

Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Max BaginskiEmma GoldmanMax BaginskiVoltairine de CleyreAlexander BerkmanVoltairine de CleyreEmma GoldmanHippolyte HavelMax BaginskiAlexander BerkmanAlexander BerkmanVoltairine de CleyreMax BaginskiPeter KropotkinCharles Robert PlunkettMax NettlauMargaret AndersonEmma GoldmanMargaret GrantVoltairine de CleyreEmma GoldmanPeter KropotkinR.A.P.Margaret SangerEmma GoldmanLeonard D. AbbottEmma GoldmanMaxim GorkyMaxim GorkySadakichi HartmannVeritasGeorg BrandesAlexander BerkmanFloyd DellDon MarquisVoltairine de CleyreHippolyte HavelEugene O'NeillLola RidgeBayard BoyesenMabel DodgeHippolyte HavelVoltairine de CleyreAdolf WolffLeonard D. AbbottLouise BryantBen HechtMax BaginskiMax BaginskiAlexander BerkmanBen L. ReitmanVoltarine de CleyreVoltairine de CleyreFrancisco FerrerAlexander BerkmanBen L. ReitmanPeter KropotkinAlexander BerkmanLouise BryantAlexander BerkmanMax BaginskiVoltairine de CleyreMax BaginskiAlexander BerkmanVoltairine de CleyrePeter KropotkinAlexander BerkmanJulia May CourtneyEmma GoldmanPadraic ColumInternationalistPeter KropotkinLeo TolstoyPeter KropotkinAlexander BerkmanErrico MalatestaEmma GoldmanEmma GoldmanMartha GrueningEmma GoldmanAlexander BerkmanAlexander Berkman
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: The Life and Death of Mother Earthp. xv
Part 1 Anarchism
Editor's Notep. 3
Some Definitionsp. 5
The "Criminal Anarchy" Lawp. 6
Without Governmentp. 8
Alexander Berkmanp. 14
Leon Czolgoszp. 16
McKinley's Assassination from the Anarchist Standpointp. 22
Violence and Anarchismp. 26
Anarchism and American Traditionsp. 29
Francisco Ferrerp. 41
Anarchist Symposium: Kropotkinp. 44
Long Live Anarchy!p. 49
The Pioneer of Communist Anarchism in Americap. 53
Voltairine de Cleyrep. 57
The Causes of the Chicago Martyrdomp. 59
The Paris Communep. 63
Michael Bakunin (1814-1914)p. 69
Mutual Aid: An Important Factor in Evolutionp. 72
Dynamite!p. 75
Anarchism: Communist or Individualist?--Bothp. 79
Emma Goldman in Chicagop. 84
The Philosophy of Atheismp. 88
Part 2 The Woman Question
Editor's Notep. 97
Modestyp. 99
They Who Marry Do Illp. 103
The White Slave Trafficp. 113
The Sterilization of the Unfitp. 120
Feminism in Americap. 124
Three Letters and a Vindicationp. 126
A Letter from Margaret Sanger (I)p. 127
Not Guilty!p. 130
To My Friendsp. 132
A Letter from Margaret Sanger (II)p. 133
The Social Aspects of Birth Controlp. 134
Reflections on Emma Goldman's Trialp. 140
The Woman Suffrage Chameleonp. 144
Part 3 Literature
Editor's Notep. 151
The Song of the Storm-Finchp. 153
Comradep. 154
Fifty Years of Bad Luckp. 159
The Jungle (Upton Sinclair), A Recensionp. 164
Henrik Ibsenp. 168
The Bomb (Frank Harris)p. 174
The Woman and the Poetp. 179
Comstock Soliloquizesp. 183
The Dominant Ideap. 185
Martin Eden (Jack London)p. 196
The "American Sovereign,"p. 199
Freedomp. 200
Prison Memoirs (Alexander Berkman)p. 202
My Belovedp. 205
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)p. 206
The Feast of Belshazzarp. 211
To Our Martyred Deadp. 212
Voltairine de Cleyre's Posthumous Bookp. 214
Flowers and Ashesp. 218
The Mobp. 221
Part 4 Civil Liberties
Editor's Notep. 227
Three Portraits of St. Anthonyp. 229
The Confiscated Picturep. 230
Anthony B. Comstock's Adventuresp. 233
Recent Adventures of St. Anthonyp. 235
Prisons and Crimep. 237
The Fight for Free Speechp. 243
The Philadelphia Farcep. 246
On Libertyp. 252
L'Ecole Renoveep. 257
The Need of Translating Ideals into Lifep. 265
The Respectable Mobp. 269
Prisons: Universities of Crimep. 274
Tannenbaum before Pilatep. 277
A New Adventure in Arcadiap. 281
The Case of Mooney and Billingsp. 285
Legal Assassinationp. 286
A Lynch Jury in San Francisco Convicts Thomas Mooneyp. 290
Part 5 The Social War
Editor's Notep. 295
Aim and Tactics of the Trade-Union Movementp. 297
A Study of the General Strike in Philadelphiap. 307
Everlasting Murderp. 312
The Source of Violencep. 315
The Mexican Revolutionp. 318
The Commune of Parisp. 333
The Movement of the Unemployedp. 338
Remember Ludlow!p. 344
Donald Vose: The Accursedp. 347
On the Death of James Connolly and Francis Sheehy-Skeffingtonp. 352
Part 6 War and Peace
Editor's Notep. 357
National Atavismp. 359
Enough of Illusions!p. 365
America and Russiap. 370
War and the Anarchist Schismp. 373
Kropotkin on the Present Warp. 374
In Reply to Kropotkinp. 380
Observations and Commentsp. 382
International Anarchist Manifesto on the Warp. 385
Italy Also!p. 388
The War at Homep. 391
The Promoters of the War Maniap. 392
The No-Conscription Leaguep. 398
Speaking of Democracyp. 400
The Russian Revolutionp. 405
The Russian Revolutionp. 406
The Trotsky Ideap. 409
The Surgeon's Dutyp. 411
Bibliographyp. 413
Indexp. 416