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By Alexander Berkman
"A e-book of infrequent energy and wonder, majestic in its constitution, full of the reality of mind's eye and the reality of reality, emphatic in its declarations and noble in its reach."—Bayard Boyesen, Mother Earth.
"No different publication discusses so frankly the felony methods of the closed criminal society."— Kenneth Rexroth
In 1892, Alexander Berkman attempted to assassinate Henry Clay Frick for the latter's position in violently suppressing the dwelling house metal Strike. Berkman's try out was once unsuccessful. Berkman spent the subsequent fourteen years in Pennsylvania's Western reformatory. Upon free up, he wrote what used to be to develop into a vintage of criminal literature, and a profound testomony to human braveness within the face of oppression.
This re-creation of his account of these years is brought and completely annotated by way of Barry Pateman and Jessica Moran, either former affiliate editors of the Emma Goldman Papers on the collage of California Berkeley. Their efforts make this the definitive model of Berkman's story of his transformation inside of criminal, his turning out to be sympathy for these he'd thought of social parasites, and the intimate relationships he built with them. additionally comprises never-before-published facsimile reprints and transcriptions of the diary Berkman saved whereas he wrote this publication, conveying the problems he had reliving his experiences.
Alexander Berkman (1870–1936) used to be a number one author and militant within the anarchist stream and writer of the vintage primer What is Anarchism?
Barry Pateman was affiliate editor of Emma Goldman: A Documentary History, and editor of Chomsky on Anarchism. he's a historian and member of the Kate Sharpley Library collective.
Jessica Moran, was once an assistant editor of Emma Goldman: A Documentary History. She is a member of the Kate Sharpley Library collective and is an archivist at present dwelling and dealing in New Zealand.
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The world stood aghast. The time for speech was past. Throughout the land the toilers echoed the defiance of the men of Homestead. The steel-workers had rallied bravely to the defence; the murderous Pinkertons were driven from the city. But loudly called the blood of Mammon’s victims on the banks of the Monongahela. Loudly it calls. It is the People calling. Ah, the People! 11 To the beautiful, simple People, so noble in spite of centuries of brutalizing suffering! Like a clarion call the note rings in my ears, amidst the din of contending views and obscure phraseology.
I pick it up, feeling tremendously relieved to find all the contents safe: the precious addresses, a small newspaper lithograph of Frick, and a dollar bill. My joy at recovering the wallet is not a whit dampened by the meagerness of my funds. 17 They will find a place for me to stay a day or two. “I won’t remain there long,” I think, with an inward smile. We are nearing Washington, D. C. The train is to make a six-hour stop there. I curse the stupidity of the delay: something may be happening in Pittsburgh or Homestead.
479 of this volume. 6 Ibid. 7 Emma Goldman to Pierre Ramus, August 15, 1912, Pierre Ramus Papers, IISH, Amsterdam. 8 Jack London, “Preface to Prison Memoirs” (unpublished) (Amsterdam: Alexander Berkman Papers, IISH). 9 See for example Voltairine de Cleyre to Alexander Berkman, March 8, 1912 (Alexander Berkman Papers, IISH). 10 Diary, October 7, 1910, see p. 462 of this volume. 11 Emma Goldman, Living My Life (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931), 412. 12 Ezra Heywood, The Word, January 1893. 13 Emma Goldman, Liberty (London), October 1896.
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman