emma goldman - apostle of anarchy

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II 'Apostle of Anarchy: Emma Goldman's First Visit to Winnipeg in 1907^ h\f Paul Burrows History Department, University of Manitoba mma Goldman visited and lectured in Winnipeg on five separate occasions: first in 1907, twice in 1908, again in 1927, and finally in late-1939, live months before her death on 14 May 1940.= The Lithuanian-born Jewish revolutionary and pioneer feminist was not yet forty years old when she first came to Winnipeg, but she was already the most famous, or more precisely, infamous anarchist in North America. The newspapers of the day invariably labelled her "Red Emma," or bestowed upon her grandiose, half-mocking titles such as "High Priestess of Anarchy" or "Anarchist Queen." At first glance, Winnipeg might seem an unlikely destination for the person who ]. Edgar Hoover called "the most dangerous woman in America." But Emma Goldman was a tireless activist, writer, and public speaker, one who lectured from coast-to-coast for much of her life, and it is not difficult to see what first drew her to the city. Winnipeg was a colonial boomtown in the early twentieth-century. According to one estimate, it us Librar\ ot C Emma Goldman, circa 1911. AcWvisl and writer Paul Burrows has helped to found Winnipeg's Old Market Autonomous Zone, Mondragon Bookstore & Coffee House, and the Rudolf Rocker Cultural Centre. He has written articles on parficipatory economics, Palestine-Israel, and other issues. He is currenth/ finishing an MA thesis in History at the University of Manitoba with a focus on indigenous history and resistance, treaties, and settler-colonialism. had about 90,000 people in 1906, and probably over 100,000 the following year—making it one of the largest population centres in Canada at that time, and the fourth most important manufacturing centre in the Dominion."^ Winnipeg was the "gateway" to the "northwest" for arriving immigrants, and every other day the local newspapers featured front-page stories announcing the arrival of ships to eastern ports, as well as trainloads of new arrivals bound for points west.^ Who these immigrants were was a matter of deep anxiety for the largely WASP elite, as exemplified even by relatively progressive voices like J. S. Woodsworth,"' not to mention debates within the pages of the local labour weekly The Voice/' Anglo elites in Winnipeg, and prominent "national" figures, such as Minister of Interior Clifford Sifton and railway magnate William Van Horne, sought to replicate "British-style" institutions in the northwest, and fill the Prairies with "the right class" of "settlers" meaning, those of "Nordic" or "Anglo-Saxon" stock, followed by a descending hierarchy of "less desirable" types based on assumed racial, cultural, and religious criteria/ Most of the new arrivals were, not coincidentally, British, or English-speakers from elsewhere in Canada or the United States —and in terms of the prevailing imperial perspective of the day, such people were often characterized as the true "natives" of the land."* But Canadian expansionists were also torn between their ideal BamColleclion, Manitoba History
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2009 for the course PSY 3042 taught by Professor Engle-friedman during the Spring '05 term at CUNY Baruch.

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