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Emma Goldman, Famous Anarchist, Dead at 70

Emma Goldman, famous for her unswerving lifelong espousal of anarchism died this morning at the age of 70 after an illness of several months. She had suffered a stroke in February, was confined in the hospital for several months and had recently returned to her home in improved health.

Miss Goldman’s colorful career as a crusader for her cause brought her frequent arrest, imprisonment and also deportation from the United States. Born in Kovno, Russia (now Kaunas, Lithuania) on June 27, 1869, she came to the United States at the age of 17.

She entered actively into the anarchist movement after the Chicago Haymarket riots. She collaborated closely with the late Alexander Berkman. Often in trouble because of her lectures, she came into serious conflict with the Government for agitating against the army draft during the World War. She was imprisoned, fined and deported to Finland, from where she entered Soviet Russia. However, she became disillusioned with Communism and left Russia to begin open opposition to the Bolsheviks.