Sunday, August 29, 2004

The tune collector and the anarchist

The tune collector and the anarchist. Excerpts from Emma Goldman's autobiography describing her brief meeting with Czolgosz before and her imprisonment after the assassination of President McKinley.

From the site:

Nowadays Francis O'Neill is remembered for his monumental collection of Irish tunes. But his day job was the Chief of Police of Chicago. He managed to find many a traditional musician a job on the force. The following story describes his meeting with "Red Emma". It's very interesting to see how these two colourful but very different characters interacted.

Emma Goldman was one of the most colourful characters around in the early years of the 20th century , a Russian-born anarchist who had emigrated to the United States. She was a tireless crusader for labour unions, women's rights, sexual freedom, and social revolution, who consorted with many other revolutionaries of the time, the likes of Kropotkin and Bill Hayward.

The following excerpts come from her autobiography, Living My Life, Volume One, published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, in 1931.

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