Friday, January 9, 2015

Emma Goldman's Home

Since I posted about the 1920 Wall Street bombing, I thought I'd post a short piece on another shrine to Anarchism.
It is the home of Anarchist writer and activist Emma Goldman (1869 - 1940), who lived at 208 E 13th Street, in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, from 1903 to 1913.

Born In Russia, she moved to Rochester, NY in 1885, then moved to New York City in 1903. While here, she wrote a few books (Anarchism and Other Essays, 1910, and The Social Significance of the Modern Drama, 1914), causing a stir locally with speeches against everyone in government.
She was deported back to Russia, in 1919, by Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Labor Department.
There is a plaque on the west side of the building to commemorate Goldman's stay there...

...but others of interest had lived in that location as well.

According to the plaque on the east side of the same building, there once stood a small farmhouse on this spot, where then-president of Mexico, Benito Juarez, asked his wife, Margarita Maza, to stay from 1864 - 1867, during the war of Mexico's resistance against France for sovereignty, after Spain left in 1821.