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Emma Goldman: American Individualist (Library of American Biography)

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One of the most colorful, controversial and radical figures in American history, Emma Goldman challenged the legitimacy of religion, government, and private property in the United States. Imprisoned, tried, and later deported for her beliefs, the Goldman story is a window through which students will see a better picture of the history of American radicalism, the history o ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 226 pages
Published April 12th 2007 by Longman Publishing Group (first published September 1st 1995)
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I was pleasantly surprised by this brief but informative biography on one of the most controversial characters in America at the turn of the 20th century. I hope other biographies in the Library of America Biography series are as concise and easy-to-read. I think most people my age (twenties) no little if anything about Emma Goldman, so it was really interesting to learn all about her, from her upbringing in czarist Russia, the labor crises of the late 1800s that spurred her interest in anarchy, ...more
Krista Danis
John Chalberg gives us a relatively concise biography, though he focuses more on Goldman's feminine dream of male companionship (or his construction of her desires) than on her ideology concerning anarchism. I am not disappointed in the book, it just compels me to seek out her autobiography and other, more in depth, examinations of her political position and situatedness.
I did it! I ROCK!
and the book sucked.
I'll update this again with my grade if I'm not extremely embarrassed!

******My book report is due on TUESDAY AND I STILL HAVEN'T HELD THIS BOOK IN MY HANDS YET!!!! HOLY SHIT!!!!!! I think I am in big trouble. BIG TROUBLE. monday is going to be an all nighter.
If its not in my mailbox on monday I am finished!

****I have to read this for school. If its like 1000 pages long, I'll be PISSED!
Apr 05, 2016 Shilpa rated it liked it
concise, readable, extremely informative. in some ways, too informative. i don't want to know this much about anyone's romantic history (and i can't help but think that this wouldn't have been the focus of the latter half of book had goldman been male; i understand that this is, to some extent, relevant to the development of her thought on what exactly it means to be a woman, but when goldman's love life crops up every three sentences, it's a bit much.)
Jun 21, 2012 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
Brief. Useful as an introduction.

I find myself wondering if she really was so stuck on traditional feminine roles as Chalberg's selection of material suggests, or if stereotypical thinking directed his selections. Perhaps reading her own memoir will answer that.
Feb 28, 2008 Jessi rated it liked it
I read it along with the students for the American history class I'm a TA for. It's a basic biography, but she's a fascinating subject!
Craig Bolton
Emma Goldman: American Individualist (Library of American Biography Series) (2nd Edition) by John C. Chalberg (2007)
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