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Vision on Fire: Emma Goldman on the Spanish Revolution by Emma Goldman

By Emma Goldman

Vision on Fire is a historic treasure.”—Howard Zinn

This conscientiously selected assortment beneficial properties crucial writings from the turbulent final 4 years of Emma Goldman’s lifestyles. This great follow-up her well known autobiography, Living My Life, finds her struggles with the contradictions of the Spanish Revolution and her efforts to keep up integrity and imaginative and prescient within the warmth of political activism.

An influential and recognized anarchist, Emma Goldman used to be an early recommend of unfastened speech, contraception, feminism, and staff’ rights.

David Porter got his PhD from Columbia collage. He has taught for 2 many years at Empire kingdom College.

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8 In turn , facing the long ordeal of separation and her comrade's personal suffering behind walls, Goldman was forced to new levels of independent maturity, personal and political asser­ tiveness , and s teel-willed end urance-quite beyond the ardent rebelliousness she already had shown . Goldman thus emerged during the next several years as a well-known ac­ tivist speaker and organizer in a variety of radical campaigns . Within only a few months , this new phase of New York-based activism culminated in her arrest for a fjery speech at a Union Square mass demonstration for the unemployed .

Psvchological lo­ cation of the writer. Goldman never lost her essential core commitment to anarchism. Yet contradictions do appear. To some extent these are inevitable in any one individual ' s attempt t o analyze the immediate unfolding of epochal events . Beyond this factor though , Goldman's differing assessments of indi­ viduals , policies, the revolution and the movement as a whole reflect also the cyclical pattern described above. A5 with a fine novelist, ironically this shifting overall combination of distancing and immediacy in Goldman's writings adds much to the richness of her perspective , to the fullness of her attempt to de­ scribe and analyze the Spanish events , to the poignancy of her own agony in attempting to maintain an authentic centered perspective through it all .

The enormous deadly hostility toward the anarchists from many of t heir " friends" on the Loyalist side , from the fascist insurgents and from the various foreign powers internationally simply made Goldman that much more sympathetic toward and enthusiastic for their cause. -:� f�48:;: �l! �;�dc�; . During each visit, she felt moved literally to stay by her Spanish comrades to the end, in whatever capacity and whatever the outcome. Accepting the fact that age prevented her from physically fighting at the front lines, she offeree!

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