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Topics in Chronicling America - Emma Goldman: McKinley Assassination Conspirator?

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Important Dates:

  • September 6, 1901. Leon Czolgosz shoots President McKinley in Buffalo, NY.
  • September 7, 1901. In his statement to police Czolgosz calls Emma Goldman an inspiration for the assassination.
  • September 8, 1901. Authorities search for Emma Goldman.
  • September 10, 1901. Police arrest Emma Goldman, charge her with conspiracy to murder the President. Czolgosz confesses.
  • September 11, 1901. Chief of Buffalo Police reveals he has no proof of plot.
  • September 24, 1901 Emma Goldman is released from police custody

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Combine appropriate words in the “with all the words” box (e.g., McKinley, assassination, Czolgosz, etc.) with “Emma Goldman” in the “within 5 words of each other” box
  • The assassination took place on September 6, 1901 so the searches conducted should be limited to September, 1901
  • Large numbers of articles will be retrieved so adding relevant words to the search or limiting each search to a day or two are useful strategies to limit the search results

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