A new biography evokes the lost world of America's most notorious anarchists
Sasha and Emma:
The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman
by Paul Avrich and Karen Avrich
$35.00 List Price
At the end of the summer of 1892, three young and feverishly idealistic Russian immigrants, whose hopes for living in a free and just society had been crushed by their experiences in the Lower East Side slums of Manhattan, were operating a successful ice-cream parlor in Worcester, Massachusetts. They wanted to save enough money to return to Russia, where they believed revolution was imminent.
But they shifted plans when they got word of pending labor unrest in Homestead, Pennsylvania. After three months of failed negotiations over a wage increase, the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers had been locked out of the Carnegie steel mill on the orders of Henry Clay Frick, the manager of the Homestead facility and chairman of the board of Carnegie Steel. After she saw a newspaper headline announcing the
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