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One of the towering figures in global radicalism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, EMMA GOLDMAN (1869ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ1940) was an anarchist, a feminist, a pacifist, a communist, a unionist, and a proponent of birth control and free love. Her extreme notions made her as much an object of outrage as one of reverence in the tumultuous years of the Gilded Age, World War I, and the Roaring Twenties, and her name remains, to this day, synonymous with ideas of sweeping cultural revolution. Here, in her two-volume memories, first published in 1931, she tells her life story. From her arrival in New York as a 20-year-old seamstress, when she immediately launched into a life of activism and public agitation, she recalls her childhood in Lithuania, her immigration to the U.S. as a teenager, and her wild adventures as an independent and intelligent woman: baptizing babies on a beer barrel, supporting workingmenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s strikes, traveling in EuropeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ An important and influential figure in such far-flung geopolitical events as the Russian Revolution and the Spanish Civil War, Goldman is one of the most storied people of the 20th century. And her story, in her own inimitable words, is one of the great biographies, and one of the great personal histories of a turbulent era.
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