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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 10:55 PM
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7. Emma Goldman
Edited on Fri Dec-31-04 10:56 PM by onager
One of the most amazing characters in history. I read everything about her I can find. Anarchist, atheist, pacifist even in wartime, birth-control advocate, general troublemaker...and one of the first women to call herself a "feminist."

The US deported her back to her native Russia after the "Red Raids" of 1919. That trip was arranged by a hustling young bureaucrat named J. Edgar Hoover.

Deportation let her tell Lenin personally what she thought about the Great Worker's Revolution, which was already solidifying into the totalitarian nightmare it would become under Stalin. Behaving just like the capitalist swine on the other side of the world, Lenin had her deported to Spain.

Her last wish was to be buried in the United States, which she saw as the best hope of the world despite her shabby treatment at its hands.
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