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Sasha and Emma

The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman
Avrich, Paul (Book - 2012 )
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In 1889 two Russian immigrants, Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, met in a coffee shop on the Lower East Side. Over the next fifty years Emma and Sasha would be fast friends, fleeting lovers, and loyal comrades. This dual biography offers an unprecedented glimpse into their intertwined lives, the lasting influence of the anarchist movement they shaped, and their unyielding commitment to equality and justice.

Berkman shocked the country in 1892 with "the first terrorist act in America," the failed assassination of the industrialist Henry Clay Frick for his crimes against workers. Passionate and pitiless, gloomy yet gentle, Berkman remained Goldman's closest confidant though the two were often separated-by his fourteen-year imprisonment and by Emma's growing fame as the champion of a multitude of causes, from sexual liberation to freedom of speech. The blazing sun to Sasha's morose moon, Emma became known as "the most dangerous woman in America." Through an attempted prison breakout, multiple bombing plots, and a dramatic deportation from America, these two unrelenting activists insisted on the improbable ideal of a socially just, self-governing utopia, a vision that has shaped movements across the past century, most recently Occupy Wall Street.

Sasha and Emma is the culminating work of acclaimed historian of anarchism Paul Avrich. Before his death, Avrich asked his daughter to complete his magnum opus. The resulting collaboration, epic in scope, intimate in detail, examines the possibilities and perils of political faith and protest, through a pair who both terrified and dazzled the world.


In 1889 Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman met in a Lower East Side coffee shop. Over the next fifty years they became fast friends, fleeting lovers, and loyal comrades. This dual biography offers a glimpse into their intertwined lives, the influence of the anarchist movement they shaped, and their unyielding commitment to equality and justice.

Authors: Avrich, Paul
Statement of Responsibility: Paul Avrich and Karen Avrich
Title: Sasha and Emma
the anarchist odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012
Characteristics: x, 490 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Mother Russia
Pioneers of liberty
The trio
Autonomists
Homestead
Attentat
Judgment
Buried alive
Blackwell's and brady
The tunnel
Red Emma
The assassination of McKinley
E.G. Smith
Resurrection
The wine of sunshine and liberty
The inside story of some explosions
Trouble in paradise
The blast
The Great War
Big fish
The Russian dream
The Bolshevik myth
Charlottengrad
Globe-trotters and colonizers
Now and after
Bon esprit
Pillar to post
Old glory
Nothing but death can end
Waldheim
Subject Headings: Anarchism United States History Anarchists United States Biography Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940 Berkman, Alexander, 1870-1936
Topical Term: Anarchism
Anarchists
Additional Contributors: Avrich, Karen
LCCN: 2012008659
ISBN: 0674065980
9780674065987
Branch Call Number: 335.8309 A
Research Call Number: JFE 12-8403
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Paul Arvich's illustrated lecture on April 10 examines the possibilities and perils of political faith and protest, through a pair who both terrified and dazzled the world. Paul Avrich, a leading historian of anarchism, collected stories about Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman for decades. When ... Read More »


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