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Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Through his many books on the history of anarchism, Paul Avrich has done much to dispel the public's conception of the anarchists as mere terrorists. In Anarchist Voices, Avrich lets American anarchists speak for themselves. This abridged edition contains fifty-three interviews conducted by Avrich over a period of thirty years, interviews that portray the human dimensions ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 336 pages
Published July 28th 1996 by Princeton University Press (first published December 1st 1994)
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Benjamin
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: resistance
Anarchism, warts and all... real people, and not the Big Name Heroes and Sheroes, but the people who set the type on the newspapers, who cleaned up the hall after the meeting, who worked the land at the commune, and marched in the picket at the strike...

These people are not always ideologically correct Über-Anarchos, and some of the choices they made or movements they supported are surprising. They gossip about each other; for example, Emma Goldman comes across as a different character than in
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James
Jun 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America is a real treasure. It's more than 450 pages long, but I couldn't put it down. The book allowed me to escape into the lives of the real participants of the Anarchist movement of North America in its previous heyday of the 1890s-1930s. Originally published in 1995, Paul Avrich interviewed hundreds of Anarchists and former Anarchists who were mainly in their eighties and nineties in the 1970s, the majority dying within a few years of the in ...more
Brian
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came to this book hoping to learn more about the development of anarchist thought in America. I didn't get as much on the theoretical side as I'd hoped. However, this is "oral history" is an immense achievement: 53 interviews with American anarchists compiled over 30 years! It delivers a very human portrait of the various movements that occurred under the general rubric of anarchism (at times a bit too focused on "I knew this person" and "I knew that person", which out much substance; but, the ...more
River
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very important book with lots of information about the anarchist movement in the U.S. It's particular helpful for the interviews that deal with the post-WWI era anarchist movement as there aren't many sources dealing with the topic. Good coverage of the 1930s-1950s (or at least some general ideas for directions to pursue for the interested scholar or whatever).
Ryan Mishap
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Oral histories are always good. This one, the short version of a much larger book, gives a good feel for anarchist immigrant communities in the big east coast cities during the beginning of the twentieth century. It does not deal with any modern anarchists.
ael
May 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
all of the gossip about classical anarchists you wanted to hear. still doesn't beat the Bookchin cheese fries story, though.
Eric
Very interesting collection of interviews of people who were in some way involved with Anarchism in the United States. Really quite good and worth getting into. Excellent stuff.
Erica
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't quite finish this one - lots of good stories in here but not exactly a book I wanted to read straight through - some of the interviews were not that interesting.
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"He was a noted historian and professor who authored many books on anarchist history, including books on the Haymarket Riot, the Modern School Movement, the Russian Revolution and a collection of oral interviews with American anarchists titled Anarchist Voices. Avrich was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize several times and in 1984 he won the Philip Taft Labor History Award."
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