By Penny A. Weiss, Loretta Kensinger

In the renowned attention, Emma Goldman has develop into anything of an icon, an emblem for uprising and women's rights. yet there was unusually little important research of her impression on social, political, and feminist conception. In Feminist Interpretations of Emma Goldman, Weiss and Kensinger current essays that face up to a simplistic knowing of Goldman and as a substitute try to study her considering in its right social, historic, and philosophical context. merely via contemplating the assets, impacts, and particular importance of Goldman's principles can her right position in feminist thought be really understood.

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Much of this disagreement may be in part the result of what many biographers see as Emma’s disdain for the masses—a sort of intellectual elitism. Again, it is Solomon who goes out on a limb, saying that ‘‘she increasingly perceived the masses as impediments to social change’’ (1987, 54). Wexler maintains that ‘‘Goldman always insisted that this pessimism grew directly out of her experience in Russia’’ (1989, 79). Obviously one who champions the masses, drawing directly from Kropotkin, cannot at the same time maintain that the masses are inherently reactionary—Emma at times is guilty of just this contradiction.

The San Francisco Call opined that she was a ‘‘despicable creature . . [a] snake . . ’’ The government labeled her the ‘‘ablest and most dangerous’’ anarchist in the country. By contrast, Kate Richards O’Hare, a socialist who occupied a neighboring jail cell to that of Goldman, declared, ‘‘The Emma Goldman that I know is not the Propagandist. It is Emma, the tender, cosmic mother, the wise understanding woman, the faithful sister, the loyal comrade. . Emma don’t believe in Jesus, yet she is the one who makes it possible for me to grasp the spirit of Jesus’’ (Drinnon 1961, 251).

Jonathan McKenzie and Craig Stalbaum point out ways in which Goldman departs from her anarchist ‘‘mentor,’’ Peter Kropotkin. Shulman’s Goldman was ‘‘an early organizer [of] the women’s trade union movement,’’ yet in her understanding of women’s interest and freedom she departed from this and other strains of feminism, leading some to call her an antifeminist. Adrian shows another way in which Goldman both used the ideas of others and made them her own. ’’ And a somewhat similar phenomenon is seen as Wexler explores Goldman’s use of Mary Wollstonecraft.

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