Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis will join Peter Glassgold, editor of the book Anarchy! An Anthology of Emma Goldman’s “Mother Earth,” in a reading and book signing at New York University’s Wagner Labor Archives/Tamiment Library, 10th floor of the NYU Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, on Tuesday, May 15, 6 p.m. The event, which is co-sponsored with the New York Labor History Association, is free and open to the public; for further information, call (212) 998-2630.
In March 1906, Emma Goldman published the first issue of Mother Earth, a “monthly magazine devoted to social science and literature.” Mother Earth laid the groundwork for much of American radical thought; many of its overriding concerns preoccupy us still: civil liberties, birth control, women’s rights, and questions of social and economic justice.
Mother Earth appeared without interruption until August 1917 when it was killed by wartime postal censorship. Though Goldman has become a legendary figure, scarcely any material from her magazine has remained in print. Anarchy! restores to public memory an important body of work provocative writings by Goldman, Margaret Sanger, Maxim Gorky, Ben Hecht, Leo Tolstoy, Louise Bryant, and Eugene O’Neill, as well as other radical thinkers of the early 20th century.
The Tamiment Library at NYU is a non-circulating research collection emphasizing the history and culture of American radicalism and labor. The collection documents the history of anarchist, communist, labor, radical, feminist, and social movements in the United States from the Civil War to the present.