Review of Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years, Volume One: Made for America, 1890–1901 and Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years, Volume Two: Making Speech Free, 1902–1909. Edited by Candace Falk; Barry Pateman, associate editor; Jessica M. Moran, assistant editor.
Date of this Version
Documentary Editing: Journal of the Association for Documentary Editing, Volume 30, Fall and Winter, Numbers 3 and 4: 2008-2009 ISSN 0196-7134
For more than a quarter of a century, Candace Falk and her comrades at the Emma Goldman Papers Project (EGPP) have worked to make the records of the turn-of the-century anarchist, lecturer, and social critic available.With the assistance of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), they joined with papers projects for Jane Addams, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and Margaret Sanger to form the Consortium for Women’s History, part of an effort to diversify the people represented in historical editing projects. Funded by individual contributions as well as support from NHPRC and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the EGPP has produced 69 reels of microfilm,2 an accompanying guide,3 and a website,4 and is now publishing four volumes of selected documents.While the microfilm remains indispensable to researchers working on Goldman’s life in its totality as well as those analyzing the movements and events in which she was involved, Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years brings a representative sample of her papers to a larger audience. As such, the volumes expand access to materials essential to understanding American history, especially struggles over radical politics, the position of women, free speech, violence as a means of social change, government repression, and the place of the individual in American myth and culture. The EGPP sheds as much light on Goldman’s America as on the woman herself. Born in Kovno in the Russian empire