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June 27, 1919: Emma Goldman's 50th Birthday

On June 27, 1919 Goldman spent her 50th birthday behind prison walls, where she was serving a two year prison term in Jefferson City, Missouri, for her conviction, along with Alexander Berkman, for conspiracy against the Selective Service Act of 1917 (for publicly speaking out against conscription). Today, June 27, 2003 we remember the strong woman and men of vision from our past, remind ourselves to persevere even in troubled times and re-commit ourselves to the present and the future.

This is an especially wonderful year, because the Emma Goldman Papers Project through the University of California Press has just published Volume One of Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years, Made For America 1890-1901, the first of four volumes. Below are documents from Goldman's 1919 birthday, which the project is currently working on for Volume Four of the series.

Telegram from Ben Reitman and Walter Merchant to Emma Goldman, June 27, 1919 Transcription of letter from Emma Goldman to Stella Ballantine, June 29, 1919 Transcription of letter from Harry Weinberger to Emma Goldman, July 12, 1919
Image of EG to Stella Ballantine, June 29, 1919 Image of Harry Weinberger to EG


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Cover of 70th Birthday Commemorative Edition pamphlet (Los Angeles: Libertarian Committee, 1939)
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