Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America

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Princeton University Press, 1996 - History - 323 pages
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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 of a movement much maligned by the authorities and contemporary journalists. Most of the interviewees (anarchists as well as their friends and relatives) were active during the heyday of the movement, between the 1880s and the 1930s. They represent all schools of anarchism and include both famous figures and minor ones, previously overlooked by most historians. Their stories provide a wealth of personal detail about such anarchist luminaries as Emma Goldman and Sacco and Vanzetti.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 of a movement much maligned by the authorities and contemporary journalists. Most of the interviewees (anarchists as well as their friends and relatives) were active during the heyday of the movement, between the 1880s and the 1930s. They represent all schools of anarchism and include both famous figures and minor ones, previously overlooked by most historians. Their stories provide a wealth of personal detail about such anarchist luminaries as Emma Goldman and Sacco andVanzetti.

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Review: Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America (Unabridged)

User Review  - Erica - Goodreads

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. Read full review

Review: Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America (Unabridged)

User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

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. Read full review

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Paul Avrich was Professor of Russian History and Anarchism at Queens College, City University of New York.

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