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

After the shocking assassination of President McKinley, the gunman Leon Czolgosz confesses his actions to be inspired by violent anarchist Emma Goldman’s claim that “all rulers should be exterminated.” Investigations continue and a conspiracy theory arises, hypothesizing the McKinley murder was devised and put into action by Goldman herself. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

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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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