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Selected Essays

Voltairine de Cleyre

1. 01 – The Dominant Idea
2. 02 – Anarchism
3. 03 – Anarchism and American Traditions
4. 04 – Anarchism in Literature
5. 05 – The Making of an Anarchist
6. 06 – The 11th November 1887
7. 07 – Crime and Punishment (part one)
8. 08 – Crime and Punishment (part two)
9. 09 – In Defense of Emma Goldman
10. 10 – Direct Action
11. 11 – The Paris Commune
12. 12 – The Mexican Revolution
13. 13 – Thomas Paine
14. 14 – Dyer D. Lum
15. 15 – Francisco Ferrer
16. 16 – Modern Educational Reform
17. 17 – Sex Slavery
18. 18 – Literature the Mirror of Man
19. 19 – The Drama of the Nineteenth Century, part 1
20. 20 – The Drama of the Nineteenth Century, part 2
21. 21 – They Who Marry Do Ill
22. 22 – The Economic Tendency of Freethought

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Voltairine de Cleyre (1866–1912) was, according to Emma Goldman, “the most gifted and brilliant anarchist woman America ever produced.” Today she is not widely known as a consequence of her short life. De Cleyre was especially influenced by Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft and Clarence Darrow. After the hanging of the Haymarket protesters in 1887, she became an anarchist. “Till then I believed in the essential justice of the American law of trial by jury,” she wrote in an autobiographical essay, “After that I never could”. She was known as an excellent speaker and writer – in the opinion of biographer Paul Avrich, she was “a greater literary talent than any other American anarchist” – and as a tireless advocate for the anarchist cause, whose “religious zeal,” according to Goldman, “stamped everything she did.”

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