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Emma Goldman, 1869 - 1940

1869

Born on June 27 in Kovno, Lithuania, to Taube (Bienowitch) and Abraham Goldman.

1885

Immigrates to the United States with sister Helena, settling in Rochester, New York.

1887

Marries fellow factory worker Jacob Kershner; divorces him the following year.

Execution of four anarchists unjustly convicted of bombing a labor rally in 1886 sparks Goldman's political awakening

1889

Moves to New York City's Lower East Side and meets many prominent anarchists, including Alexander Berkman and Johann Most; the next year, delivers first of countless public lectures.

1892

Conspires with Alexander Berkman in his assassination attempt on Henry Clay Frick, Carnegie Steel plant manager who ordered violent attacks on striking workers.

1893

Serves ten months in prison for speaking at a demonstration of the unemployed.

1895

Trains as a nurse in Vienna.

1901

Unjustly implicated in the assassination of President McKinley and demonized by the press.

1903

Becomes involved in Free Speech League in New York City in response to the passage of anti-anarchist laws.

1906

Founds Mother Earth magazine; later publishes numerous articles and lectures, including Anarchism and Other Essays (1910) and The Social Significance of the Modern Drama (1914).

1916

Arrested twice, imprisoned once, for lecturing and distributing material on birth control.

1917

Co-founds No-Conscription League; sentenced to two years in prison for conspiracy to obstruct the draft.

1919

Deported to Soviet Russia with 248 other alien radicals; later publishes My Disillusionment in Russia (1923), a reaction to the Bolshevik suppression of anarchists and free speech.

1928

After intermittent visits across Europe and Canada, settles in Saint-Tropez, France.

1931

Publishes autobiography, Living My Life.

1932

Lectures on the imminent dangers of fascism and the rise of Nazism, first in England and later in the United States and Canada.

1934

After many efforts, secures visa and returns to United States for 90-day lecture tour.

1936 – 1938

Works with the anarchist trade union (CNT-FAI) to fight fascism and build new society during the Spanish Civil War.

1940

Dies on May 14 at age 70, in Toronto, Canada, and buried next to the Haymarket martyrs in Chicago.

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