American Anarchist, An

Paul Avrich, Robert P. Helms (Introduction by)
When it was first published,An American Anarchistmarked a trail historians of American anarchism are still following today. Narrative-driven like all of Paul Avrich's works, it presents Voltairine de Cleyre and her fellow anarchists as complex human beings. De Cleyre (1866-1912) was the first prominent American-born anarchist. From her writings and speeches, through the illnesses that plagued her, the assassination attempt that left her clinging to life, to her early death at forty- five, she worked tirelessly for her ideal. Avrich places her squarely in her vibrant milieu, highlighting famous characters like Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman and the infamous, like Dyer D. Lum--Voltairine de Cleyre's lover and the man who sneaked a dynamite cartridge into Louis Lingg's cell so the accused Haymarket Martyr could die at his own hand and not the state's. This edition includes a new introduction by historian Robert P. Helms. 

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