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Vision on Fire: Emma Goldman on the Spanish Revolutionby David Porter
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“Vision on Fire is a historical treasure.”—Howard Zinn
This carefully chosen collection features the most important writings from the turbulent last four years of Emma Goldman’s life. This incredible follow-up her popular autobiography, Living My Life, reveals her struggles with the contradictions of the Spanish Revolution and her efforts to maintain integrity and vision in the heat of political activism.
An influential and well-known anarchist, Emma Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, feminism, and workers’ rights.
David Porter received his PhD from Columbia University. He has taught for two decades at Empire State College.
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Towards the later years of her life, at the age of 67, the anarchist Emma Goldman (1869-1940) traveled to Spain to support the Federación Anarquista Ibérica (FAI) and the anarcho-syndicalist trade union Confederarión Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) in their resistance to the fascist insurgency of Francisco Franco and their efforts to establish a non-capitalist, non-authoritarian society. Following an introduction to Goldman's life and beliefs for the unfamiliar, Porter (retired, politics, State U. of New York/Empire State College) presents a thematically edited collection of her writings on the Spanish Revolution. The writings address her thoughts about the Spanish anarchist movement as a whole; visions of the anarchist "new society" and how it would organize industry, agriculture, education, and social relief; her beliefs concerning the contentious questions of anarchist cooperation with statist forces; discussion of communist perfidy in the revolution; and consideration of the role of women in the Revolution. Annotation Â©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The "most dangerous woman alive" in the most inspring revolution of modern history.
Cultural Writing. Politics and History. Women's Studies. Edited by David Porter, this carefully chosen collection features the most important writings from the turbulent last four years of influential anarchist and feminist Emma Goldman's life. An incredible follow-up to her popular autobiography, Living My Life, VISION ON FIRE reveals Goldman's struggles with the contradictions of the Spanish Revolution and her efforts to maintain integrity and vision in the heat of political activism. "VISION ON FIRE is a historical treasure"--Howard Zinn. Also be sure to check out EMMA GOLDMAN: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN YEARS, also available from SPD.
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Emma Goldman (1869 - 1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of her time, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women's rights, and union organization. To this day she remains one of the most recognizable figures in anarchist history.
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