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

Chaos! Smoke, bombs, and screams of terror permeate the crowded street. The anarchists are at it again. A 1894 issue of the Omaha Daily Bee described anarchists as those that believe “all human government is usurpation, tyranny, essentially wrong.” Anarchists have caused riots, bombings, and successfully assassinated several world leaders – including the 25th president of the United States. Read more about it!

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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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