Born in Russia, Goldman emigrated to the US in 1885 and lived in New York City, where she became a writer and a renowned lecturer on anarchist philosophy, women's rights, and social issues, attracting crowds of thousands.
Goldman was imprisoned several times for "inciting to riot" and illegally distributing information about birth control.
Posterity assigns to men like Wendel Phillips and Lloyd Garrison the proper niche of honor in the temple of human emancipation; but it is the duty of their contemporaries to bring them due recognition and appreciation while they live.
The path of the propagandist of social justice is strewn with thorns.
Among the men and women prominent in the public life of America there are but few whose names are mentioned as often as that of Emma Goldman. The sensational press has surrounded her name with so much misrepresentation and slander, it would seem almost a miracle that, in spite of this web of calumny, the truth breaks through and a better appreciation of this much maligned idealist begins to manifest itself.
There is but little consolation in the fact that almost every representative of a new idea has had to struggle and suffer under similar difficulties.Is it of any avail that a former president of a republic pays homage at Osawatomie to the memory of John Brown?Or that the president of another republic participates in the unveiling of a statue in honor of Pierre Proudhon, and holds up his life to the French nation as a model worthy of enthusiastic emulation?Librivox recording of Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman. Emma Goldman (1869-1940) was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing and speeches.She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century.Propagandism is not, as some suppose, a "trade," because nobody will follow a "trade" at which you may work with the industry of a slave and die with the reputation of a mendicant.The motives of any persons to pursue such a profession must be different from those of trade, deeper than pride, and stronger than interest.The powers of darkness and injustice exert all their might lest a ray of sunshine enter his cheerless life.Nay, even his comrades in the struggle--indeed, too often his most intimate friends--show but little understanding for the personality of the pioneer.In addition to a comprehensive look at anarchism and its criticisms, the book includes essays on patriotism, women's suffrage, marriage, and prisons.(summary extracted from wikipedia) For more free audiobooks, or to become a volunteer reader, please visit