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Topics in Chronicling America - Anarchist Incidents, 1886-1920.

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Emma Goldman

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Important Dates:

  • May 4, 1886. Haymarket riot.
  • Nov. 11, 1887. Four anarchists are hanged for allegedly throwing a bomb at Haymarket.
  • July 11, 1892. Francois Claudius Koenigstein (Ravachol) is executed in France; becomes an anarchist martyr.
  • Feb. 12, 1894. Emile Henry detonates a bomb in the Cafe Terminus, killing one and injuring twenty.
  • Sept. 10, 1898. Elisabeth, Empress of Austria is stabbed by an anarchist.
  • July 29, 1900. Umberto I of Italy is assassinated by anarchist Gaetano Bresci.
  • Sept. 6, 1901. President William McKinley is shot by an anarchist.
  • Nov. 1919. Palmer Raids begin.
  • Dec. 21, 1919. 249 political radicals are deported including anarchist leader Emma Goldman.
  • Sept 16, 1920. A bomb explodes on Wall Street killing 38.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Anarchism was a popular subject in late 19th and early 20th century America. Using the words anarchist or anarchism will give a broad overview but not necessarily information on a specific person or event. The name of a place or an individual in combination with anarchist or anarchism in the “all of these words” field will give you more specific returns; examples: anarchist and McKinley, Haymarket and anarchism, anarchy and Goldman. Limiting the date range will also limit articles to immediate reaction to a given event or retrospective reaction.

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