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Jewish RadicalsA Documentary History$
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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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“I Saw a New World Opening Before Me” (memoir; 1931)

“I Saw a New World Opening Before Me” (memoir; 1931)

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Jewish Radicals

Emma Goldman

NYU Press

This chapter narrates the experiences of Emma Goldman, one of America's most famous proponents of anarchist thought, upon her arrival in New York on 1889 and her subsequent meetings with fellow anarchists in the area. Concurrent with these events is the tragedy at Chicago's Haymarket Square in 1886, in which a number of police officers and demonstrators died at an anarchist-led demonstration. The stories of these demonstrators had left an impression on Goldman, though it was not until she had come across a copy of Die Freiheit, a German paper edited by Johann Most—the foremost leader of the anarchist movement in New York during the 1880s and 1890s—that she would be swept into the activist movement herself.

Keywords:   Emma Goldman, anarchism, anarchist movement, Die Freiheit, Haymarket tragedy, Johann Most

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