Goldman supports herself by working as a nurse in New York City; helps to arrange a U.S. tour for Peter Kropotkin in March and April.
Goldman reestablishes friendship with her former lover Edward Brady.
Goldman lecture tour begins with a free-speech battle in Philadelphia when she is prevented from speaking before the Shirt Makers Union. Goldman and the organizations that sponsor her talks, including the Single Tax Society, defy police orders; Goldman speaks in public on at least two occasions. On April 14 she speaks at an event sponsored by the Social Science Club; other speakers include Voltairine de Cleyre. Despite the Social Science Club's opposition to Goldman's anarchist views, it passes a resolution protesting the violation of her right to free speech.
Speaks in Lynn, Mass., Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, St. Louis, Chicago, and Spring Valley, Ill., on such topics as "Anarchism and Trade Unionism," "The Causes of Vice," and "Cooperation a Factor in the Industrial Struggle."
July 15-August 15
Goldman spends a month with her sister Helena, in Rochester, N.Y., traveling briefly to Niagara Falls and to Buffalo, N.Y., to visit the Pan-American Exposition.
Goldman visits Alexander Berkman at the penitentiary in Allegheny, Pa., the first time she has seen him in nine years.
President William McKinley shot by self-proclaimed anarchist Leon Czolgosz in Buffalo, N.Y., at the Pan-American Exposition. Police claim that Czolgosz was inspired by one of Goldman's lectures. She is in St. Louis when she learns about the assassination and recollects that she first met Czolgosz at her May 5 lecture on "The Modern Phase of Anarchy" before the Franklin Liberal Club in Cleveland.
Goldman leaves St. Louis for Chicago.
In an atmosphere of intense anti-anarchist hysteria, Goldman goes into temporary hiding at the home of American-born anarchist sympathizers. On Sept. 10, she is arrested by Chicago police and subjected to intensive interrogation. Though initially denied, bail is set at $20,000.
President McKinley dies on Sept. 14.
Goldman released; case dropped for lack of evidence.
Goldman expresses her sympathy for Leon Czolgosz in an article, "The Tragedy at Buffalo," published in Free Society (Chicago), prompting many of her close anarchist associates to distance themselves from her.
Finding much difficulty in securing an apartment and job, Goldman adopts the pseudonym "E. G. Smith."
Czolgosz executed on Oct. 29.
Goldman avoids public appearances.
Criminal Anarchy Act passed in New York State.
Goldman continues to conceal her real identity, at times to no avail. Chased from her apartment on First Street, Goldman moves to a crowded Lower East Side tenement building on Market Street. She finds work as a night-shift nurse for poor immigrants living on the Lower East Side.
Increased repression in Russia and a strike of Pennsylvania coal miners propel Goldman to resume her political work.
Conducts lecture tour to raise funds for the students and peasants under attack in Russia and for the striking coal miners. Her activities are closely monitored by police detectives; many of her lectures are outlawed, especially in coal-mining cities like Wilkes-Barre and McKeesport, Pa. Despite police harassment, Goldman holds successful lectures in Chicago; scheduled to speak in Milwaukee and Cleveland.
Police arrest Goldman and Max Baginski in New York City for being "suspicious persons"; released after questioning.
Anti-anarchist immigration act passed by Congress.
Edward Brady, former lover of Goldman, dies.
Alarmed by the threat to civil liberties posed by the anti-anarchist immigration law and the public hysteria of the moment, prominent American liberals, including Theodore Schroeder, rally to her support.
First attempt to test anti-anarchist immigration act: At an event at Murray Hill Lyceum, where Goldman is scheduled to speak, English anarchist John Turner is arrested and charged with promoting anarchism and violating alien labor laws. Turner detained on Ellis Island until his deportation.
In an effort to mobilize broad support from American citizens for John Turner, Goldman acts under the pseudonym E. G. Smith to form a permanent Free Speech League in New York City.
Cooper Union mass meeting protests anti-anarchist proceedings against John Turner, still awaiting deportation.
Goldman, on behalf of the Free Speech League, undertakes a brief lecture tour to gain support for John Turner; speaks before garment workers in Rochester and miners in Pennsylvania.
Russo-Japanese War begins.
Goldman seeks to extend her influence beyond the immigrant community by exposing a broader American audience to anarchism. Travels to Philadelphia to lecture on "The Tragedy of Woman's Emancipation." Her first attempts to deliver lecture stalled by police. Public support for free speech gains her eventual success in delivering the lecture.
Supreme Court rules on the John Turner case (Turner v. Williams, 194 U.S. 279) that Congress has unlimited power to exclude aliens and deport those who have entered in violation of the laws, including philosophical anarchists.
Goldman hosts two members of the Russian Social Revolutionary party seeking to organize support for political freedom in Russia. With the assistance of the American Friends of Russian Freedom, Goldman manages a successful tour of Catherine Breshkovskaya (the "Grandmother of the Russian Revolution"), recently freed from Siberian exile.
Goldman among a cast of speakers at one of the largest reported New York City anarchist meetings in support of the Russian anarchist movement.
Exhausted by nursing, Goldman opens her own business as a "Vienna scalp and face specialist" in New York City.
January 9 (22)
"Bloody Sunday" in St. Petersburg, Russia. Goldman continues to lecture and raise funds to gain support for political freedom in Russia.
Goldman speaks at memorial meeting for Louise Michel.
Ricardo Flores Magon moves to St. Louis where his friendship with Goldman begins.
Catherine Breshkovskaya returns to Europe.
Goldman meets Russian actor Paul Orleneff; assists him in the management of the Orleneff troupe's theater engagements in New York City.
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) established in Chicago.
Russia and Japan sign peace treaty at Portsmouth, N.H.
October 17 (30)
Czar Nicholas II signs manifesto guaranteeing civil liberties in Russia.
Renewed pogroms of Jews in Russia. Orleneff troupe arranges benefit performances on behalf of Jewish victims.
Goldman accompanies Orleneff troupe on tour to Boston.
Russian revolution crushed.
Goldman, in Chicago with the Orleneff troupe, identifies herself without a pseudonym at lectures to local anarchists.
First issue of Mother Earth published; first run numbers three thousand.
Goldman begins national lecture tour with associate editor Max Baginski; speaking engagements scheduled in Cleveland, Toronto, Rochester, Syracuse, and Utica. Encounters interference in Buffalo when the police mandate that their lectures be presented in English, preventing Baginski from addressing the audience.
Death of Johann Most.
Goldman discontinues her scalp and facial massage business; devotes full attention to the publication of Mother Earth.
Goldman speaks at an anarchist gathering at Grand Central Palace in New York City to commemorate the life of Johann Most.
Alexander Berkman released from prison; Goldman and Berkman unite in Detroit.
Goldman and Berkman travel to Chicago, where they are followed by the press. Newspaper falsely reports that Goldman and Berkman have married.
Goldman scheduled to speak in Yiddish and English in Pittsburgh on the following topics: "The Constitution," "The Idaho Outrage" (addressing the arrests of Bill Haywood, Charles Moyer, and George A. Pettibone of the Western Federation of Miners), "The General Strike," and "The False and True Conception of Anarchism."
Goldman and others address a crowd of two thousand people who had gathered to greet Alexander Berkman in New York City.
Goldman vacations at farm in Ossining with Berkman and Baginski.
Goldman devotes October issue of Mother Earth to the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of Leon Czolgosz's death, despite the objection of many of her political associates.
Scheduled to speak at a meeting to protest the Oct. 27 arrests of several anarchists for debating whether Czolgosz was an anarchist, Goldman is arrested for articles published in Mother Earth and for inciting to riot. Nine others also arrested.
Goldman released on $1,000 bail.
Goldman pleads not guilty to criminal anarchy charges before the New York City magistrate.
Goldman scheduled to speak at the nineteenth anniversary commemoration of the Chicago martyrs, organized by the Freiheit Publishing Association.
Mother Earth Masquerade Ball at Webster Hall in New York City disrupted by police; owner is forced to close the hall.
Goldman lectures on "False and True Conceptions of Anarchism" before the Brooklyn Philosophical Association.
Goldman arrested by the New York City Anarchist Police Squad while delivering the same lecture she had successfully presented the previous month; charged with publicly expressing "incendiary sentiments." Berkman and two others also arrested.
Case against Goldman from Oct. 30, 1906, arrest dismissed by the New York City grand jury.
Police evidence from Goldman's Jan. 6 arrest presented before the New York City magistrate's court; case later dismissed.
New York City police suppress meeting where Goldman is scheduled to speak.
Berkman attempts to run a small printing business.
Goldman speaks in Boston, Lynn, and Chelsea, Mass.
Goldman shares platform with Luigi Galleani at the Barre, Vt., opera house.
Late February, Early March
Russian exile Grigory Gershuni, recently escaped from Siberia, visits Goldman to encourage her work on behalf of Russian freedom.
Goldman leaves New York City for national lecture tour; asks Berkman to take charge as editor of Mother Earth in her absence.
All lecture halls in Columbus, Ohio, are closed to Goldman.
Mayor Brand Whitlock of Toledo, Ohio does not allow Goldman to speak until Kate Sherwood, a respected political activist and community leader, convinces him of Goldman's right to speak.
Goldman's scheduled Detroit lectures stopped by the local police.
Successful lecture series in Chicago before audiences of many nationalities, including Jewish, Danish, and German. Her topics include the Paris Commune, the trial of Moyer and Haywood, and the "Revolutionary Spirit of the Modern Drama."
Speaking on such subjects as "Education of Children" and "Direct Action versus Legislation," Goldman continues lecture tour in Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Minneapolis.
Goldman makes her first visit to Winnipeg, Canada; lectures in German and English on topics including "Crimes of Parents and Education" and "The Position of Jews in Russia."
Goldman expected to lecture in St. Louis; lectures in Denver.
Addressing audiences in German and English, Goldman speaks in San Francisco and San Jose on such issues as "The Corrupting Influence of Religion" and character building.
Hundreds of people turn out on successive nights in Los Angeles to hear Goldman speak, and, on one occasion, debate socialist Claude Riddle. Organizes a Social Science Club with fifty-five charter members to study social issues, literature, and art. goldman declares her intent to start a movement on behalf of Mexico among U.S. radicals.
Buoyed by the success of her speaking engagements--"the first tour of any consequence I have made since 1898"--Goldman travels to Portland, Tacoma, Home Colony, Wa., Seattle, and Calgary, Canada.
Goldman back in New York City in time to celebrate her thirty-eighth birthday.
Goldman's essay, "The Tragedy of Woman's Emancipation" translated and published by German and Japanese anarchists.
Goldman selected to act as an American representative at the International Anarchist Congress in Amsterdam.
Haywood acquitted; Goldman and associates send telegram to President Theodore Roosevelt to express their joy.
Goldman and other anarchists speak about the Boise trials (of Haywood et al.) at the Manhattan Lyceum in New York City.
Goldman travels with Baginski to Amsterdam.
International Anarchist Congress takes place in Amsterdam, attended by three hundred delegates.
After attending anti-militarist congress organized by Dutch pacifist anarchists, Goldman tours major European cities. In Paris, Goldman visits Peter Kropotkin and Max Nettlau; visits Sébastien Faure's experimental school for poor and orphaned children, and studies syndicalism at the Confédération Générale du Travail.
U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, anticipating Goldman's return from Europe, directs the East Coast commissioners of immigration to fully verify Goldman's U.S. citizenship before allowing her to cross the border.
Goldman speaks in London, England, on "The Labor Struggle in America"; is trailed by Scotland Yard detectives.
Goldman evades U.S. immigration authorities by entering New York via Montreal.
Finding Mother Earth in terrible financial shape upon her return from Europe, Goldman conducts lecture tour in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Goldman lectures in German, English, and Yiddish on "Trade Unionism," "The Woman in the Future," and "The Child and its Enemies," among other topics, in cities throughout New York State.
Large crowd turns out to hear Goldman in Baltimore.
Police prevent Goldman from delivering her lecture on "The Revolutionary Spirit in Modern Drama" in Washington, D.C.
Lectures in Pittsburgh.
Goldman heads out for a tour of the western states via Montreal, London, Ont., Toronto, and Cleveland; scheduled to speak in English and German on "The [Economic] Crisis: Its Cause and Remedy," "The Relation of Anarchism to Trade Unionism," "Syndicalism a New Phase of the Labor Struggle," and "Woman Under Anarchism."
Giuseppe Guarnacoto, reported to be a former resident of Paterson and a follower of Goldman, assassinates Father Leo Henrichs at the altar of a Catholic church in Denver.
Goldman delivers several lectures in St. Louis, despite word from Chicago authorities who, in coordination with Washington D.C. officials, threaten to deport Goldman under the immigration law.
Chicago Chief of Police George Shippy attacked by alleged anarchist Lazarus Averbuch; Shippy's son shot. Goldman implicated in incident, which prompts new legislation to coordinate efforts of city, state, and federal authorities to stamp out all anarchist agitation.
In Chicago, Goldman is barred by police from addressing any meetings in a public hall. Goldman meets with the press, vowing that she will seek an opportunity to lecture in Chicago no matter what the authorities do to prevent her.
Goldman repeatedly barred from speaking at public lecture halls in Chicago; meets Ben Reitman, a physician specializing in gynecology and venereal disease, who offers to arrange a speaking engagement for Goldman at a storeroom on Dearborn Street, the meeting place of his Brotherhood Welfare Association, otherwise known as the Hobo College.
Despite an indication from Chicago authorities that Goldman will be allowed to speak if she makes no incendiary remarks against the police or the government, Goldman is prevented from speaking at Ben Reitman's hall.
Chicago newspapers report a budding romance between Goldman and Reitman.
Police forcibly remove Goldman from Workingmen's Hall in Chicago, where she is scheduled to speak on "Anarchy as It Really Is," an event organized by the newly created Freedom of Speech Society.
Goldman unable to secure a hall in Chicago.
Temporarily abandoning attempts to speak in Chicago, Goldman meets success in Milwaukee, where large crowds, including Milwaukee socialist Victor Berger, come to hear her.
Lecturing in Minneapolis, Goldman denies knowledge of those involved in a bomb explosion at a New York City demonstration of the unemployed in Union Square. News reports claim that Selig Silverstein, the bomb-thrower, was a member of Goldman's Anarchistic Federation.
March 31-April 5
Goldman delivers several lectures in Winnipeg, including discussions encouraging street railway employees to strike for an eight-hour workday.
President Theodore Roosevelt investigates legality of not only barring anarchist propaganda that advocates political violence, but also prosecuting those who produce the material.
Goldman leaves Winnipeg; temporarily detained and interrogated at the border by U.S. immigration officials.
Goldman enters the United States; itinerary includes lectures in Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Sacramento.
Accompanied by Ben Reitman, Goldman arrives in San Francisco, where the police notify her that anarchist propaganda cannot be circulated.
Objecting to the notoriety caused by Goldman's presence, the management of the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco forces Goldman to leave; encounters an escalated level of surveillance.
Despite warnings, police do not interfere with Goldman's lecture at Walton's Pavilion in San Francisco, which is attended by five thousand people.
Goldman ends her San Francisco lecture series with a speech on patriotism. In attendance is U.S. soldier William Buwalda, stationed at the Presidio, who is witnessed shaking hands with Goldman following her speech. Buwalda is subsequently court-martialed for this action.
April 28-May 2
Goldman lectures in Los Angeles; debates socialist Kaspar Bauer on the question of "Socialism versus Anarchism." While in Los Angeles, Goldman visits George A. Pettibone.
Goldman delivers five lectures in Portland--including "Why Emancipation Has Failed to Free Women" and "Direct Action a Logical Method of Anarchism"--following initial free-speech battle. Goldman's success attributed in part to support received from Charles Erskine Scott Wood, Portland attorney and writer.
Local Portland anarchists organize protest against the court-martial and imprisonment of William Buwalda.
Goldman presents two lectures in Spokane: "What Anarchism Really Stands For" and "The Menace of Patriotism."
Marking the last leg of her tour, Goldman travels to Montana; despite police harassment and lack of press coverage, Goldman speaks in Butte and Helena.
Goldman vacations in Ossining, N.Y.
Goldman captivated by J. W. Fleming's invitation to make a two-year tour of Australia; tentatively plans to travel to Australia in February.
New York World publishes Goldman's article, "What I Believe."
Ben Reitman delivers speech on the meaning of Labor Day at Cooper Union. When the audience learns that the speech was written by Goldman, there is a tremendous uproar; Berkman and young anarchist Becky Edelsohn arrested.
Goldman begins five-week Sunday afternoon Yiddish lecture series under the sponsorship of the Free Worker Group in New York City; talks include "Love and Marriage," "The Revolutionary Spirit in the Modern Drama," and "The Political Circus."
Goldman tormented by revelation of Reitman's infidelity.
On the eve of her departure for her next lecture tour, Goldman delivers a farewell lecture in New York City on "The Exoneration of the Devil" (based on a popular play at the time).
Goldman begins national lecture tour while the country is immersed in presidential campaigning; hopes to wind up her tour on the West Coast and depart for Australia in the new year. Lecture topics include "The Political Circus and Its Clowns," "Puritanism, the Great Obstacle to Liberty," and "Life versus Morality."
Large audiences attend Goldman's lectures in Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
Goldman prevented from speaking in Indianapolis.
October 30-November 1
Goldman lectures in St. Louis; meets William Marion Reedy, editor of the St. Louis Mirror, whose article "The Daughter of the Dream," published later that week, praises her.
Goldman lectures in cities throughout Missouri: Springfield, Liberal, and Kansas City.
Omaha chief of police prevents Goldman from lecturing in the hall of her choice; crowds gather to hear Goldman at other sites in the city.
Goldman's lectures in Des Moines, Iowa, are successful.
Lectures in Minneapolis and St. Paul poorly attended.
Goldman in Winnipeg for lectures and a debate with socialist J. D. Houston.
Goldman scheduled to lecture in Fargo, N.Dak., Butte, and Spokane.
Seattle police take Goldman into custody after the lock on a closed hall is broken to allow Goldman entry to speak; released when she promises to leave the city.
Goldman protests actions of the police authorities in Everett, Wash., who prevent her from speaking on the claim that vigilantes will harm her.
Goldman and Reitman arrested in Bellingham, Wash., in anticipation of Goldman's scheduled lecture.
Goldman released from jail; placed on board a train bound for Canada.
Following lectures in Vancouver, Goldman lectures in Portland and conducts two debates--one with Democrat John Barnhill, the other with socialist Walter Thomas Mills.
Goldman lectures in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Pasadena on such topics as "The Psychology of Violence" and "Puritanism, the Greatest Obstacle to Liberty." Some of Los Angeles's leading drama critics attend her lecture "The Drama, the Most Forcible Disseminator of Radicalism."
Goldman lectures on "The Dissolution of Our Institutions" in San Francisco, followed by a statement by William Buwalda, the soldier court-martialed the previous year and recently pardoned by President Roosevelt. Event takes place without police interference.
Goldman and Reitman arrested on charges of conspiracy against the government; both held on bail. Buwalda arrested for disturbing the peace. Supporters of Goldman and Reitman rally to protest the arrests on Jan. 15; police forcibly end gatherings.
In jail, Goldman learns about her father's death.
Goldman released Jan. 18; participates in a public debate on "Anarchism versus Socialism." Case dropped Jan. 28.
Goldman's anticipated departure for Australia is postponed.
Goldman speaks to a crowd of over two thousand people in San Francisco on "Why I Am an Anarchist."
Goldman stays in San Francisco with hopes of delivering the lectures she was prevented from giving during the week of her arrest and imprisonment.
Delivers two lectures and participates in one debate in Los Angeles.
Goldman lectures in El Paso, Tex.; prevented by city authorities from holding meeting in Spanish.
Goldman attempts to lecture in San Antonio; unable to secure a hall.
Goldman speaks on the outskirts of Houston in a hall owned by the Single Taxers; remarks that this event is "the most inspiring meeting of my entire tour."
Tour ends with two meetings in Forth Worth.
Goldman in Rochester, N.Y.
Goldman conducts Sunday lecture series in Yiddish and English in New York City; topics include "The Psychology of Violence," "Minorities versus Majorities," and the modern drama.
U.S. Court in Buffalo invalidates the citizenship of Jacob A. Kersner, Goldman's legal husband; threatens Goldman's claim to U.S. citizenship and results in cancellation of Goldman's trip to Australia.
Goldman's essay "A Woman Without a Country," responding to the threat of deportation, published in Mother Earth.
With increased public attention on her citizenship status, Goldman is stopped repeatedly by the police.
Scheduled to speak at a Mother Earth May Day concert and dance in New York City.
Goldman speaks at a convention of the National Committee for the Relief of the Unemployed in New York City, encouraging the unemployed to organize.
May 10 and 13
Goldman scheduled to speak in New York on "Direct Action as a Logical Tactic of Anarchists" and "How Parents Should Raise Children" (in Yiddish).
Goldman scheduled to speak in New Haven on "Anarchy: What It Stands For"; police admit her into the lecture hall, but prevent entry to thousands of people waiting outside.
Goldman and Berkman invited by civil libertarian Alden Freeman to lunch at the elite New Jersey Society of Mayflower Descendants; subsequent scandal threatens Freeman's membership in the club.
Police break up Goldman's Sunday lecture series, claiming that she did not follow the subject of her lecture on "Henrik Ibsen as the Pioneer of Modern Drama"; two arrests made.
Goldman speaks at the Sunrise Club in New York City on "The Hypocrisy of Puritanism," sharply criticizing Anthony Comstock, anti-vice crusader.
Brooklyn chief of police orders cancellation of a Goldman lecture.
"A Demand for Free Speech" manifesto signed and circulated by prominent individuals to protest the recent suppression of Goldman's rights. Free Speech Society is formed.
Free-speech conference to take place in New York City.
Goldman scheduled to speak in East Orange, N.J., at a meeting organized by Alden Freeman to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Thomas Paine's death; police prevent her from entering the lecture hall. Crowd relocates to Freeman's barn, where Goldman delivers lecture suppressed by police on May 23.
Large meeting organized by the Free Speech Society takes place at Cooper Union to protest harassment of Goldman and to win back the right of free speech. Speakers include former congressman Robert Baker, Alden Freeman, Voltairine de Cleyre, James P. Morton, and Harry Kelly. Telegrams from Eugene Debs and others read.
Goldman tests her free-speech rights by delivering a lecture before the Harlem Liberal Alliance; standoff with police, but no interference.
Goldman prevented from speaking in New York City at a meeting sponsored by Mother Earth to celebrate the antiwar uprising in Spain. Other speakers include Voltairine de Cleyre, Harry Kelly, and Max Baginski.
Reitman secures a lecture hall in Boston despite police intimidation of hall owners.
Goldman, accompanied by Reitman, conducts a short lecture tour of Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island.
While in Worcester, Goldman attends lecture by Sigmund Freud at Clark University.
Mayor of Burlington, Vt., prevents Goldman from speaking anywhere in his city.
Unable to secure a lecture hall in Worcester, Goldman is invited to speak on the private property of Rev. Eliot White.
September 24-October 21
Goldman engaged in free-speech battle in Philadelphia. Police chief will let Goldman speak on the condition that he review her speech prior to the engagement; Free Speech Association deems proposed review an infringement on Goldman's free-speech rights and Goldman refuses to comply.
When Goldman is prevented from entering lecture hall, Voltairine de Cleyre reads Goldman's lecture to the audience.
Goldman appeals for injunction to restrain the Philadelphia police from further intimidation; testifies before the Philadelphia courts.
Philadelphia judge denies injunction, claiming that the police had the right to prevent both citizens and aliens from speaking if their words were deemed likely to cause a public disturbance; in addition, claims that Goldman is not a citizen and therefore is not guaranteed constitutional right to free speech.
Goldman is chief speaker at a New York City mass meeting called to protest the Oct. 13 execution of Francisco Ferrer, founder of the modern school movement, in Spain.
Goldman marches in a parade of six hundred anarchists and socialists in New York City to protest Ferrer's execution.
Prevented from speaking in a Brooklyn lecture hall, Goldman addresses a crowd of three thousand in an open-air meeting; Reitman arrested for failing to obtain a permit.
Goldman speaks on "Will the Vote Free Woman: Woman Suffrage" to an audience of three hundred women, many of whom are suffragists. A collection is taken for Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, recently sentenced to a three-month prison term resulting from her arrest during a free-speech battle in Spokane.
Goldman scheduled to deliver her last lecture, "White Slave Traffic," in New York City before embarking on her western tour.
Goldman delivers a total of 120 lectures before forty thousand people in thirty-seven cities in twenty-five states; credits her success to the organizing skills of Ben Reitman.
Her tour begins with free-speech battles that thwart her from speaking in Detroit, Columbus, and Buffalo.
January issue of Mother Earth held by the U.S. Postmaster on Anthony Comstock's objection to the publication of Goldman's essay "White Slave Traffic." Released on Jan. 29 when officials decide there is nothing legally objectionable in the magazine.
Large audiences attend Goldman's lectures in Cleveland.
Goldman holds a successful meeting in Toledo.
In Chicago, Goldman conducts six lectures in English and three in Yiddish.
Goldman holds three successful meetings in Milwaukee.
Goldman's speaking engagements in Madison, Wis., set off a storm of protest from state and university officials who deny any formal endorsement of Goldman.
Press attributes Goldman's unsuccessful meeting in Hannibal, Mo., to the intimidation posed by police when they record the names of everyone who stepped inside the lecture hall.
Goldman's lectures in St. Louis include "Ferrer and the Modern School," "Leo Tolstoy, the Last Great Christian, His Life and His Work," and "Art in Relation to Life."
Police chief of Springfield, Ill., attempts to stop Goldman from lecturing.
Goldman attracts sizable crowds in Detroit.
Goldman hissed by her Ann Arbor audiences.
Goldman speaks in Buffalo, despite residues of Czolgosz-inspired apprehension and disapproval of anarchism.
Holds three meetings in Rochester.
Goldman speaks on "The General Strike [of Philadelphia]" in Pittsburgh. Press does not announce her talks in fear that she will prompt a riot.
A celebration of the fifth anniversary of Mother Earth takes place in New York City.
Despite an absence of press coverage, Goldman conducts four lectures in Minneapolis.
Goldman lectures for the first time in Sioux City, Iowa.
Organized on short notice, Goldman's lecture in Omaha is well received.
Amendment to the Immigration Act of 1907 is passed, forbidding entrance to the United States of criminals, paupers, anarchists, and persons carrying diseases.
Goldman's lectures in Denver well attended.
Goldman and Reitman arrested in Cheyenne, Wyo., while conducting an open-air meeting. Arrests spur further interest in Goldman.
Goldman lectures in San Francisco and debates a socialist on "whether collective regulation or free love will guarantee a healthy race."
Goldman visits Jack London and his wife Charmian at their ranch at Glen Ellen, Calif.
Goldman lectures on anarchism and "Marriage and Love" in Reno.
Goldman pleased by the overwhelmingly positive reception to her lectures and debate in Los Angeles; claims to have delivered that city's first-ever Yiddish lecture.
Goldman lectures in San Diego, Portland, Seattle, and Spokane.
Car in which Goldman and Reitman are riding is struck by a freight train in Spokane. Goldman thrown from car and badly bruised.
Goldman speaks in Butte, Bismarck, and Fargo; travels through Milwaukee and Chicago.
The Mann Act, popularly known as the "white slave traffic act," passed by Congress, prohibiting interstate or international transport of women for "immoral purposes."
Summer and Fall
Goldman divides her time between New York City and the Ossining farm where she prepares Anarchism and Other Essays for publication; Berkman begins writing Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist.
Canadian subscribers denied receipt of Mother Earth books on orders of Canadian authorities because of their "treasonable nature."
Bombing of the Los Angeles Times building by James and John McNamara kills twenty people; anarchist involvement immediately suspected.
At a public meeting in New York City, Goldman and Reitman question Anthony Comstock about his promotion of laws denying the use of mails for "obscene" materials.
Goldman sets out to organize public protest in response to the pending execution of Japanese anarchist Kotoku Shusui (Denjiro), his common-law wife, Kanno Sugako, and twenty-four others.
Goldman scheduled to lecture on "The Danger of the Growing Power of the Church" in New York City.
Police authorities deny Goldman the right to speak in Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis. Escapes police interference in Baltimore where she presents five lectures.
Anarchism and Other Essays published.
Goldman begins Sunday lecture series in New York City on anarchism, the drama, "Tolstoy, the Rebel," and "The Parody of Philanthropy."
Anarchist ball sponsored by Mother Earth in New York City.
Mother Earth office moved from 210 East Thirteenth Street to 55 West 28th Street, New York City.
Goldman speaks at the inauguration of the new Ferrer School in New York City.
Goldman begins her annual "pilgrimage" with a lecture in Rochester. Over the next six months she will travel to fifty cities in eighteen states, delivering 150 lectures and debates.
Goldman's lectures in Buffalo and Pittsburgh poorly attended.
Successful events in Cleveland, especially the Jewish meeting.
Goldman has mixed results in Columbus; denied opportunity to speak on several occasions. Goldman receives support from many members of the United Mine Workers, although the leaders of the UMW vote against inviting Goldman to speak at their convention.
Goldman holds small meetings in Elyria and Dayton, Ohio.
Speaks in Cincinnati.
Execution of twelve anarchists in Japan.
After free-speech battle in Indianapolis, Goldman is offered use of the Pentecost Tabernacle by a preacher; the next day she speaks at the Universalist Church.
Goldman holds two meetings in Toledo.
January 31-February 5
Lectures in Detroit disappointing.
Goldman's lectures in Ann Arbor received more favorably than previous year.
Speaking engagement in Grand Rapids hosted by William Buwalda.
Goldman lectures in Chicago.
February 26-March 3
With the help of William Marion Reedy, Goldman's lectures are widely attended in St. Louis. Meets political artist Robert Minor. Roger Baldwin arranges two speaking engagements for Goldman at the exclusive Wednesday Ladies' Club. Lecture topics include "The Eternal Spirit of Revolution," "The Social Importance of Ferrer's Modern School," "Tolstoy--Artist and Rebel," and "Galsworthy's Justice."
Goldman encounters police interference in Staunton, Ill., but manages to speak before members of this mining town despite arrest of one comrade.
Goldman lectures in Belleville, Ill., Milwaukee, and Madison.
Ricardo Flores Magón appeals to Goldman for support of the revolutionary movement in Mexico.
Scheduling problems for Goldman's lecture series in St. Paul-- holds only one meeting.
Fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City kills 146 people, mostly young women.
Goldman delivers six lectures in Minneapolis and three lectures in Omaha.
Goldman speaks to law students in Lincoln, Nebr., and Lawrence, Kans.
Scheduled to participate in a debate and speak before a Jewish audience in Chicago.
Goldman scheduled to speak in Kansas City, Mo.
Free Speech League incorporated in Albany, N.Y., by Leonard D. Abbott, president, and Brand Whitlock, vice president.
Goldman's lecture on "Victims of Morality" among the most well attended in Denver.
Goldman speaks in Salt Lake City.
Climax of land revolt in Baja California led by the Partido Liberal Mexicano; Porfirio Diaz signs a peace treaty with Francisco Madero in Mexico.
April 30-May 7
Goldman immensely pleased with success of her tour in Los Angeles; holds eleven meetings and raises financial support for the Mexican cause, and likens the uprising to the Paris Commune.
Goldman holds two meetings in San Diego.
Goldman accused of being an agent provocateur by the editors of Justice, a publication of the Social-Democratic Party in London, England. Accusation prompts anarchists and liberal journalists and lawyers to rally to Goldman's defense; statement protesting charges made by Justice is circulated.
Goldman lectures twice in Fresno, Calif.
Eight lectures and a debate in San Francisco.
Late May-early June
Goldman lectures in Portland and Seattle.
Six-month tour concluded with lectures in Spokane, Colville, Wash., Boise, and Denver. Collections made for Mexican comrades.
Goldman spends time with Alexander Berkman at their Ossining summer retreat while Berkman completes Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist.
Goldman rallies support for the Mexican Revolution at a mass meeting at Union Square in New York City. Other speakers include Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and Max Baginski.
Unable to secure a mainstream publisher for Berkman's book, Goldman seeks financial support from attorney Gilbert Roe and journalist Lincoln Steffens for its publication by the Mother Earth Publishing Association.
Goldman speaks out about "The Growing Religious Superstition" at a mass meeting in New York City.
Goldman among speakers at a New York City commemoration of the second anniversary of the death of Francisco Ferrer. Other speakers include Leonard Abbott, James P. Morton, and Harry Kelly. Bayard Boyesen, professor at Columbia University and a teacher at the Ferrer School, is later fired by university administrators for having shared the platform with Goldman at this event.
October 15-December 10
Series of Sunday afternoon and evening lectures in Yiddish and English to residents of New York City's Lower East Side. Lecture topics include "Marriage and the Lot of Children among the Poor," "Government by Spies: The McNamara Case and Burns," "Art and Revolution," "Communism, the Most Practical Basis for Society," "Mary Wollstonecraft, the Pioneer of Modern Womanhood," and "Socialism Caught in Its Political Trap."
Mother Earth concert and ball to take place in New York City.
John and James McNamara plead guilty to bombing the Los Angeles Times building; admission of guilt creates controversy among their supporters who believed them to be innocent. Goldman defends their action in Mother Earth editorial.
Goldman scheduled to present a farewell lecture on "Sex, the Element of Creative Work," in New York City, before departing for annual lecture tour with Ben Reitman.
Paul Orleneff returns to the United States for a brief series of dramatic performances.
Lawrence, Mass., textile strike begins.
Goldman debates socialist Sol Fieldman twice in New York on "Direct versus Political Action." Bill Haywood and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn take collections for the striking textile workers.
Mother Earth alerts its readers to a major free-speech fight in San Diego.
Goldman a scheduled speaker at a meeting organized by the Italian Socialist Federation in Union Square to raise support for the Lawrence strikers.
Goldman's annual lecture tour begins in Ohio; speaks in Cleveland, Lorain, Elyria, Columbus, and Dayton; topics include "Anarchism, the Moving Spirit in the Labor Struggle" and "Maternity," a Drama by Eugene Brieux (Why the Poor Should Not Have Children)."
Lectures in Indianapolis and St. Louis.
Aroused by the experience of hearing her lecture, Almeda Sperry begins a passionate correspondence with Goldman.
Goldman continues lectures in Chicago; topics include "The Failure of Christianity" and "Edmond Rostand's Chantecler." Debates Dr. Denslow Lewis on "Resolved, that the institution of marriage is detrimental to the best interests of society."
Meets Russian revolutionary Vladimir Bourtzeff.
March 10-April 13
Speaking engagements in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City, and Lawrence, Kans.
Goldman's lectures in Denver positively received; lecture topics include "Woman's Inhumanity to Man" and "The Failure of Charity." Denver Post features interviews with and articles by Goldman.
Extends stay in Denver to teach a course on the modern drama.
Goldman in Salt Lake City.
Continuation of lecture tour in Los Angeles; Goldman responds to growing intensity of free-speech battle in San Diego. On May 13, she speaks at the Los Angeles funeral of IWW agitator Joseph Mikolasek, killed by the San Diego police on May 7.
Mob of vigilantes waits for Goldman's arrival at the San Diego train station; follows her to the Grant Hotel in an attempt to run her out of town. Reitman is kidnapped, tarred, and sage-brushed, his buttocks singed by cigar with the letters "I.W.W." Goldman flees from San Diego to Los Angeles.
U.S. grand jury initiated to investigate the IWW as "an organization operating contrary to the laws of the United States." Proceedings terminated before Goldman formally called to testify.
Goldman and Reitman among speakers at two large protest meetings held in Los Angeles.
Goldman and Reitman in San Francisco; lectures on anarchism and the San Diego free-speech battle are widely attended despite condemnation of Goldman in the press.
Socialists deny Goldman use of their Oakland auditorium.
Reitman and Goldman speak in Sacramento about their recent experience in San Diego.
Goldman continues lecture tour in Portland.
Goldman's lecture series in Seattle threatened by U.S. military veterans who protest her right to speak. Mayor orders a large contingent of police to monitor, rather than bar, her lectures. Goldman speaks in public in defiance of anonymous death threat; no attempts made on her life.
Goldman travels to Spokane, Colville, Wash., and Butte to lecture.
Following a long illness, Voltairine de Cleyre dies at the age of forty-five.
June 26-July 13
Goldman returns to Denver intending to teach classes on eugenics and on modern drama; eugenics class canceled for lack of interest. Public lecture topics include "Patriotism--a Menace to Liberty" and "Vice, Its Cause and Cure."
Her lecture circuit completed, Goldman stops at the Waldheim cemetery in Chicago to visit Voltairine de Cleyre's grave.
Goldman pleased to return to a well-organized _Mother Earth_ office in New York.
Summer and Fall
Goldman vacations and writes at the Ossining farm; grows impatient with Berkman's difficulties with revision of Prison Memoirs.
Goldman impressed by African-American political theorist W. E. B. Du Bois lecture at the Sunrise Club in New York.
October 6-December 22
Goldman holds a Yiddish and English Sunday lecture series in New York City; topics include "The Psychology of Anarchism," "The Dupes of Politics," "Sex Sterilization of Criminals," "The Resurrection of Alexander Berkman: Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist," "The Failure of Democracy," "Economic Efficiency--the Modern Menace," and Damaged Goods by Eugène Brieux (A Powerful Drama, Dealing with the Curse of Venereal Disease).
Woodrow Wilson elected president; Socialist candidate Eugene Debs receives over 900,000 votes.
Goldman participates in major commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Haymarket martyrs in New York, sponsored by more than a dozen anarchist and labor organizations.
Goldman scheduled to speak at a meeting organized by Almeda Sperry in New Kensington, Pa., followed by meetings in Pittsburgh, New Castle, and McKees Rocks.
Goldman scheduled to lecture on syndicalism in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.
Gala celebration of Peter Kropotkin's seventieth birthday in New York City cosponsored by the Freie Arbeiter Stimme and Mother Earth; Goldman a featured speaker.
Berkman and Goldman speak at the Chicago celebration of Kropotkin's birthday.
Goldman scheduled to lecture on Leonid Andreyev's King Hunger in Brownsville.
Mother Earth Grand Ball and Reunion in New York.
January 12-February 16
Goldman delivers six Sunday lectures in New York City on the modern drama, discussing the plays of Scandinavian, German, Austrian, French, English, and Russian dramatists including August Strindberg, Gerhart Hauptmann, Arthur Schnitzler, Frank Wedekind, Maurice Maeterlinck, Edmond Rostand, Octave Mirbeau, Eugène Brieux, George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Pinero, John Galsworthy, Charles Rann Kennedy, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Maxim Gorki, and Leonid Andreyev.
Lecture in Hartford, Conn.
Lecture in Newark, N.J.
The International Exhibition of Modern Art--the Armory Show--opens at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City.
Benefit event for Mother Earth's eighth anniversary and for Goldman on the eve of her departure for her annual lecture tour.
February 22-April 22
Goldman describes her engagements in Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Mo., Coffeyville, Lawrence, and Topeka, Kans., as "dreadfully uneventful and dull." Lecture topics include "Sex Sterilization of Criminals," "The Psychology of Anarchism," "Woman's Inhumanity to Man," "Syndicalism--the Modern Menace to Capitalism," "Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist," "Syndicalism, the Strongest Weapon of Labor--a Discussion of Direct Action, Sabotage and the General Strike," and the modern drama.
Paterson, N.J., silk strike begins.
Goldman opens series of lectures on Nietzsche at the Woman's Club in Denver.
Goldman lectures on the modern drama in Denver, which "brought larger and more representative audiences than we have ever had in Denver."
Goldman delivers thirteen lectures in Los Angeles.
Goldman accompanies Reitman, obsessed with returning to San Diego, to the place of his abduction by vigilantes the previous year.
Goldman and Reitman arrested on arrival in San Diego; vigilantes surround the police station. Police order Goldman and Reitman to board the afternoon train back to Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles, Goldman and others speak out against continued vigilante intimidation in San Diego.
May 25-June 8
Goldman delivers a series of anarchist propaganda lectures in San Francisco, followed by several talks on the modern drama, including Stanley Houghton's Hindel Wakes, John Galsworthy's The Wheels of Justice Crush All, and Charles Rann Kennedy's The Dignity of Labor.
Arahata Kanson translates Goldman's essay "The Tragedy of Woman's Emancipation" into Japanese.
June 16-July 9
Goldman lectures on anarchism and the modern drama in Los Angeles. General lecture topics include "Friedrich Nietzsche, the Anti-Governmentalist," "The Social Evil," and "The Child and Its Enemies: The Revolutionary Developments in Modern Education." Dramatists discussed include Henrik Ibsen, Hermann Sudermann, Otto Hartleben, J. M. Synge, William Butler Yeats, Lady Isabella Gregory, Lennox Robinson, Thomas C. Murray, and E. N. Chirikov.
Paterson silk strike ends in failure.
Due to her popular success the previous month, Goldman is welcomed back to San Francisco to continue her lecture series. Debates socialist Maynard Shipley, and, in addition to a series on the modern drama, delivers several talks on general topics including "The Relation of the Individual to Society" and, in Yiddish, "Should the Poor Have Many Children." Goldman notes that her lecture on "The Social Evil" attracted the biggest and most diverse audience.
In Portland, Goldman delivers lectures on the modern drama, including the works of playwrights Ludwig Thoma, Stanley Houghton, and Katherine Githa Sowerby. Other public speaking engagements include a debate with socialist W. F. Ries and a lecture on the sterilization laws adopted by the state of Oregon.
In Seattle, while distributing advance lecture bills for Goldman, Reitman and another publicist are arrested on the charge of "peddling bills without a license," and released on five dollars bail.
The Seattle Free Speech League protests the actions of the president of the University of Washington, who disallowed the scheduling of Goldman's lectures at campus facilities.
Goldman delivers several lectures in Seattle, including three in the IWW meeting hall; describes them as "the most wonderful I have addressed in many years."
Canadian immigration authorities prevent Goldman from entering the country.
Goldman participates in debate on "Anarchism versus Socialism," and speaks on "Marriage and Love" in Everett, Wash., despite the mayor's intention to bar her public talks.
Goldman delivers three lectures in Spokane, including "The Social and Revolutionary Significance of the Modern Drama."
"The Growing Danger of the Power of the Church" is the most popular of two lectures delivered by Goldman in Butte, Mont.
Back in New York City, Goldman engages in a search for a large apartment to combine the Mother Earth office with a household comprised of Reitman and his mother, Berkman, Mother Earth secretary M. Eleanor Fitzgerald, and French housekeeper Rhoda Smith. By the end of the month, she moves from 210 East 13th Street, where she has lived since 1903, to 74 West 119th Street.
Settled in her new home, Goldman prepares her modern drama manuscript for publication.
Goldman organizes political support for IWW members arrested in connection with strike of Canadian miners, and for Jesus Rangel, Charles Kline and twelve members of the Partido Liberal Mexicano charged with murdering a deputy sheriff in San Antonio, Tex.
Goldman among speakers at a Francisco Ferrer memorial meeting in New York City.
Annual Mother Earth reunion concert and ball takes place in New York.
Goldman delivers two lectures in Trenton, N.J.
November 2-December 28
Goldman conducts Sunday evening lectures series in New York City; topics include "Our Moral Censors," "The Place of Anarchism in Modern Thought," "The Strike of Mothers," "The Intellectual Proletarians," and "Why Strikes Are Lost."
Goldman hosts a social gathering for British syndicalist Tom Mann.
Despite warnings by the Paterson, N.J., police forbidding Goldman from speaking, she addresses members of the IWW on "The Spirit of Anarchism in the Labor Struggle." Goldman is forced off the platform; audience members engage in battle with the police to release her.
Annual "Christmas Gathering of the Mother EarthFamily" in New York City.
Goldman's Mother Earth essay "Self-Defense for Labor" responds to a series of violent labor violations; in the absence of legal protection against the danger of exercising their right to organize, Goldman calls on workers to arm themselves for self-defense.
Joe Hill arrested in Utah; charged with murder despite lack of evidence.
Goldman's household arrangement with Reitman and his mother fails. Goldman's relationship with him becomes "unbearable"; Reitman moves back to Chicago.
Goldman continues to work on the manuscript of Social Significance of the Modern Drama.
Philadelphia police expel audience and lock the hall where Goldman is scheduled to lecture on "The Awakening of Labor"; event moved to another location where the lecture proceeds without interruption.
Under the auspices of the Free Speech League, Goldman addresses large meeting in Paterson, N.J., to protest recent violations of free speech; other speakers include single-taxer Bolton Hall, Leonard Abbott, and Lincoln Steffens.
January 11-March 8
Goldman delivers extensive lecture series in New York City on the modern drama; expands her repertoire to discuss the works of British poet and dramatist John Masefield, and American playwrights Mark E. Swan, William J. Hurlbut, Joshua Rosett, and Edwin Davies Schoonmaker. Responding to the massive unemployment of the time, Goldman requests contributions for the jobless at each lecture.
Goldman offered high-paying speaking engagements in vaudeville; after brief contemplation of proposition based on desperate financial need, she turns down offer.
Lecture in Newark, N.J.
Goldman delivers lecture in Philadelphia; notes free-speech victory with complete retreat of police authorities.
Goldman, in Yiddish, among speakers at an afternoon celebration of the ninth anniversary of the publication of Mother Earth and a commemoration of the Paris Commune; other speakers include Berkman, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Harry Kelly.
Goldman delivers farewell lecture in New York City. American playwright George Middleton and actresses Fola La Follette and Mary Shaw speak on "What Drama Means to Me."
Goldman addresses demonstration of unemployed workers at Union Square in New York City; rally is followed by march along Fifth Avenue. Event launches city-wide campaign of the unemployed, in which Berkman takes an active role.
The Social Significance of the Modern Drama published.
Reunited, Goldman and Reitman open their seventh annual tour in Chicago with "splendid" Jewish meetings.
Goldman lectures on "The Conflict of the Sexes" in Chicago; attended by at least one thousand people.
Goldman presents expanded afternoon lecture series on the modern drama in Chicago. Playwrights analyzed include British dramatist St. John Hankin, Welsh author John O. Francis, and American dramatists Eugene Walter and George Middleton.
Other lectures presented in Chicago during this period include "Our Moral Censors," "The Individual and Society," "The Hypocrisy of Charity," "Beyond Good and Evil," "Anarchism and Labor" (in German), and "The Mother Strike."
In Chicago, Goldman befriends Margaret Anderson, editor of the literary magazine Little Review.
Goldman lectures in Madison, Minneapolis, and Des Moines.
Massacre of striking coal miners in Ludlow, Colo., by armed company guards from John D. Rockefeller's Colorado Fuel & Iron Co.; eleven children and two women among those killed.
April 28-May 9
Goldman delivers seven propaganda lectures and eleven modern drama talks in Denver.
On May 3, Goldman addresses large meeting organized by the Anti-Militarist League of Denver to protest the use of federal troops in the Colorado mining strike and the war with Mexico.
Goldman attributes Denver IWW free-speech victory in part to the efforts of Reitman, who helped secure the release of twenty-seven IWW members from the county jail.
Goldman makes brief appearance in Salt Lake City.
May 15-June 11
In Los Angeles, Goldman continues delivering propaganda and modern drama lectures, which includes discussion of Irish playwright Seamus O'Kelly. Her propaganda lectures include "Revolution and Reform--Which?" and "The Place of the Church in the Labor Struggle." Goldman reports to birth-control advocate Margaret Sanger that "Not one of my lectures brings out such a crowd as the one on the birth strike and it is the same with the W[oman] R[ebel]. It sells better than anything we have" (May 26, 1914).
June 14-July 10
Goldman reception in San Francisco disappointing compared to her experience in Los Angeles. Lectures include "The Intellectual Proletarians," "The Superman in Relation to the Social Revolution," "The Mothers' Strike," and "Anti-Militarism: The Reply to War."
Accidental bomb explosion at Lexington Avenue in New York City kills four people, including Arthur Caron, Carl Hansen, and Charles Berg, anarchists who knew Berkman from the protests at John D. Rockefeller's estate in Tarrytown, N.Y.
Goldman travels to Eureka and Arcata, lumber towns in Humboldt County, Calif.; delivers first-known anarchist lectures there to enthusiastic audiences.
On July 11 in New York City, a rally and public funeral of six thousand people mourn the deaths of those killed in the Lexington Avenue explosion. Berkman, a key organizer of event, speaks at rally despite heavy police surveillance. Goldman furious when she receives the July issue of Mother Earth, which, unbeknownst to her, has been filled with "harangues...of a most violent character.... [including] prattle about force and dynamite."
Goldman lectures in Portland, much aided by C. E. S. Wood. Among the most notable and well attended of her lectures is "Intellectual Proletarians" at the Portland Public Library. Other talks presented include "The Immorality of Prohibition and Continence," about the prohibition campaign of Portland, which Goldman later described as "one of the most exciting evenings in my public career." The focus of her drama criticism expands during this tour to include the work of Norwegian playwright Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.
July 26-August 3
Goldman reports that her lectures in Seattle are "flat and uninteresting."
Outbreak of World War I in Europe.
Goldman speaks at a hastily organized event in Tacoma, Wash., on "The Birth Strike--Why and How the Poor Should Not Have Children." Following Tacoma, she travels to Home Colony.
Goldman returns to Portland to deliver a series of free lectures.
Goldman delivers five lectures in Butte, of which the most popular are her antiwar and birth control talks.
Goldman makes brief stop in Chicago before returning to New York City, where she finds Mother Earth in disastrous financial condition as a result of Berkman's poor management.
Margaret Sanger indicted for obscenity in connection with her journal The Woman Rebel. A few months later, Sanger flees the country until Oct. 1915.
To decrease financial burden, Goldman relocates her residence and the _Mother Earth_ office from West 119th Street to smaller quarters located at 20 East 125th Street.
Goldman encourages Berkman to embark on an independent lecture tour; places Max Baginski and her nephew Saxe Commins in charge of editorial work of Mother Earth.
Part one of Peter Kropotkin's 1913 essay, "Wars and Capitalism," reprinted in Mother Earth, in an effort to refute Kropotkin's stance in favor of the war.
October 23-November 15
Goldman returns to Chicago for series of propaganda and modern drama lectures, delivered in both English and Yiddish. General lecture topics include "War and the Sacred Right of Property," "The Betrayal of the International," "The False Pretenses of Culture," "The Psychology of War," "The Tsar and 'My' Jews," "The War and 'Our Lord'," "The Misconceptions of Free Love," and "Woman and War."
Her English series on the drama, titled "The Modern Drama as a Mirror of Individual, Class and Social Rebellion Against the Tyranny of the Past," takes place in Chicago's elegant Fine Arts Building, made possible by the financial backing of a wealthy supporter. Goldman's usual focus on European dramatists is expanded to include for the first time Swedish dramatist Hjalmar Bergman; French playwrights Paul Hervieu, (Félix) Henry Bataille, and Henri Becque; Italian dramatists Gabriele D'Annunzio and Giuseppe Giacosa; Spanish playwright José Echegaray; Yiddish dramatists Jacob Gordin, Sholem Asch, David Pinski, and Max Nordau; and American playwright Butler Davenport.
Goldman describes the audience of her Chicago Press Club luncheon lecture on "The Relationship of Anarchism to Literature" as "five hundred hard-faced men."
In Chicago, Goldman participates in event to commemorate the twenty-seventh anniversary of the death of the Haymarket martyrs.
Goldman delivers lectures in Detroit and Ann Arbor.
Goldman delighted with the success of her meetings, including lecture on "The War and 'Our Lord,'" in Grand Rapids, Mich., organized by William Buwalda of the Analyser Club.
November 29-December 6
In St. Louis, Goldman delivers eight English and two Yiddish lectures to receptive audiences.
Lectures in Indianapolis and Cincinnati; interaction with Indianapolis audience at her lecture on "Free Love" described as "both interesting and funny."
Goldman presents two English and two Yiddish lectures in Cleveland, and delivers an address before the Council of Economics.
In Pittsburgh, Goldman holds a meeting organized by lawyer Jacob Margolis.
Goldman delivers lecture on the war to an audience of eighteen hundred people at an event organized by her niece Miriam Cominsky in Rochester. Days later, Goldman speaks on "The Birth Strike."
Goldman hosts New Year's eve party at her apartment on East 125th Street; Mabel Dodge among those invited.
Goldman helps organize defense of Matthew Schmidt and David Caplan, arrested for complicity in the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times building.
Goldman delivers series of lectures on the war and on sexuality in New York City, Albany, Schenectady, and Boston. Topics include "Anarchism and Literature," "Feminism--A Criticism of Woman's Struggle for the Vote and 'Freedom'," "Nietzsche, The Intellectual Storm-Center of the Great War," "The Intermediate Sex (A Study of Homosexuality)," and "Man--Monogamist or Varietist?"
At the end of 1915, Reitman reports that Goldman has delivered a total of 321 lectures that year.
Goldman attends concert of her nephew David Hochstein, a violinist with exceptional talent.
William Sanger arrested for circulating a copy of Margaret Sanger's pamphlet Family Limitation.
Goldman lectures on "Limitation of Offspring" to six hundred people, one of the liberal New York Sunrise Club's largest audiences. Although she details explicit information about birth control methods, Goldman is not arrested.
Mother Earth "Red Revel" Ball takes place in New York City; attended by close to eight hundred people of many nationalities.
Goldman helps raise money for the defense fund of Frank Abarno and Carmine Carbone, members of the Italian anarchist Gruppo Gaetano Bresci, arrested on March 2 for conspiracy to bomb St. Patrick's Cathedral. On April 9, Abarno and Carbone are convicted and sentenced to six to twelve years in prison.
Goldman disappointed by the poor attendance at the tenth anniversary of Mother Earth in New York.
Goldman shares the platform with Harry Kelly, Italian anarchist Carlo Tresca, Pedro Esteve, Russian anarchist William Shatoff, and physician and anarchist Michael Cohn for an international celebration of the anniversary of the Paris Commune. Goldman attributes poor turnout to the divided stance among radicals on the war.
Goldman lectures again on "Limitation of Offspring--Why and How Small Families are Preferable" in New York. Although explicit information is repeated and detectives are present, no arrests are made.
Goldman invited by the students of the Union Theological Seminary in New York to speak on "The Message of Anarchism," but administration cancels the engagement.
Writing from exile in Europe, Margaret Sanger criticizes Goldman for failing to provide adequate support and coverage of Sanger's legal battles. Goldman calls her charge "very unfair" and assures her that Mother Earth will stand by her.
The Organizing Junta of the Partido Liberal Mexicano, including the Magón bothers, appeals to the readers of Mother Earth for solidarity with the Mexican revolutionary movement.
Goldman poses for a portrait by artist Robert Henri.
Goldman debates economist Isaac Hourwich on "Social Revolution versus Social Reform" in New York City in a benefit for the Ferrer School; attended by nearly two thousand people.
Goldman speaks on "The Failure of Christianity" and the Billy Sunday movement in Paterson, N.J., after attending one of Sunday's revival meetings.
Motivated primarily by need to pay off debts of Mother Earth, Goldman embarks on a lecture tour. One of her first engagements, in Philadelphia, is delivering "The Limitation of Offspring" in Yiddish before an audience of twelve hundred.
International Anarchist Manifesto on the War issued from London; Goldman among over thirty anarchist signatories from the United States, Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Russia.
Goldman lectures on the war, drama, birth control, and sexuality in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Denver. topics include "Jealousy, Its Cause and Possible Cure," the Modern School, and feminism. Finds that audiences are most receptive to her lectures on war and on birth control, although Catholic socialists harass her in Washington, D.C.
Goldman continues her lecture tour in Los Angeles and San Diego, raising support for the Caplan-Schmidt defense fund.
While in Los Angeles, Goldman presents her critique of feminism to a hostile group of five hundred members of the Woman's City Club, who, according to Goldman, denounce her as "an enemy of woman's freedom."
Goldman delivers twenty-four lectures in San Francisco; topics include "The Psychology of War," "The Follies of Feminism (A criticism of the Modern Woman's Movement)," "Religion and the War," and "The Right of the Child Not to Be Born." According to Reitman, Goldman presents "an inspired address" on "The Philosophy of Atheism" before the Congress of Religious Philosophy at the Civic Auditorium.
Lectures continue in Portland; on Aug. 6, while beginning a speech on "Birth Control," Goldman and Reitman are arrested for distributing birth control literature. Goldman released on $500 bail provided by C. E. S. Wood.
Goldman and Reitman are fined $100. Despite proclamation by the chief of police that Goldman will not be allowed to speak again in Portland, she presents "The Intermediate Sex" later that night, and two lectures the following day.
Goldman speaks on "The Sham of Culture" at the Portland Public Library to overflowing crowd.
Goldman's case dismissed by Portland Circuit Judge Gatens who concludes, "There is too much tendency to prudery nowadays."
Goldman lectures in Seattle where she has difficulty securing halls.
Goldman returns to New York.
William Sanger convicted for illegal distribution of birth control literature; Sanger serves thirty-day jail sentence in lieu of paying $150 fine.
Goldman scheduled to speak at meeting to rally support for David Caplan and Matthew Schmidt prior to the opening of their trials. (During the course of Schmidt's trial, it is revealed that Donald Vose, the son of an anarchist friend of Goldman's, had been employed since May 1914 by detective William J. Burns to spy on Goldman in order to locate Schmidt. Vose resided at Goldman's apartment and at her farm in Ossining the previous year, and witnessed Schmidt visiting Goldman. Schmidt was later arrested.)
Reitman, in Chicago, begins work on a book about venereal disease; Goldman reviews the first chapter.
Goldman delivers five lectures--including "Preparedness, the Road to Universal Slaughter" in Philadelphia. Scott Nearing of the University of Pennsylvania attends one of her lectures.
Goldman lectures in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Akron, and Youngstown. On Nov. 11, the anniversary of the Haymarket martyrs, Goldman delivers her "Preparedness" lecture to three thousand employees of a Westinghouse defense plant at a street lecture in East Pittsburgh.
IWW member and songwriter Joe Hill (Joseph Hillstrom) executed in Utah.
November 19-December 5
Goldman presents sixteen lectures in Chicago, including six in Yiddish; "Sex, the Great Element of Creative Art" and "The Right of the Child Not to be Born" among the topics addressed.
Goldman lectures in St. Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus, Akron, Cleveland, and Youngstown. Goldman remarks that the Akron newspaper reports on her birth control lectures were among the most intelligent she had ever seen.
Goldman returns to New York ill and exhausted; seeks better accommodations at the Theresa Hotel in New York, as the Mother Earth office has no bath. Hotel management refuses to grant her residence. Attorney Harry Weinberger protests on Goldman's behalf.
Goldman lectures in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, on sexuality, modern drama, and the war, including "Preparedness: A Conspiracy between the Munitions Manufacturers and Washington." Also lectures before enthusiastic members of a prominent women's club in Brooklyn.
Matthew Schmidt convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Berkman announces publication of the first issue of his San Francisco-based journal The Blast.
Goldman continues her lectures--including "The Ego and His Own, a review of Max Stirner's book," "The Family, the Great Obstacle to Development," and "Nietzsche and the German Kaiser"--in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh. Her lectures on modern drama include Irish playwrights Synge, Yeats, Thomas Cornelius Murray, Rutherford Mayne, and Lennox Robinson.
Goldman arrested in New York City for her birth control lecture the previous week; released on $500 bail. Preliminary hearing takes place Feb. 28; case postponed for Special Sessions April 5. Goldman appeals for support.
Ricardo and Enrique Flores Magón, editors of the Mexican anarchist periodical Regeneración, arrested and jailed on charges of "having used the mails to incite murder, arson, and treason." Months later, they are both convicted and given prison sentences and fines.
Celebration in New York City for Margaret Sanger following the dismissal of all charges against her; Robert Minor's motion for Goldman to speak at the meeting is not supported.
Mass meeting held in San Francisco to protest Goldman's Feb. 11 arrest.
Goldman prepares for her birth control trial and continues to lecture in New York; drama critique includes discussion of British playwright Harley Granville-Barker.
Goldman chairs public meeting in New York to protest imprisonment of Matthew Schmidt.
Goldman's courtroom hearing on her birth control violation takes place amid ruckus between police and her supporters.
Benefit banquet for Goldman at the Hotel Brevoort is attended by notable artists, writers, socialists, and doctors, including John Cowper Powys, Alexander Harvey, Robert Henri, George Bellows, Robert Minor, Boardman Robinson, and Rose Pastor Stokes.
Goldman defends herself in birth control trial. She is convicted, and, in lieu of paying $100 fine, serves fifteen days in the Queens County Penitentiary; released May 4.
Reitman arrested in New York for distributing pamphlets on birth control.
Large gathering at Carnegie Hall to celebrate Goldman's release from jail. Program includes speeches by Masses editor Max Eastman, Harry Weinberger, Arturo Giovannitti, and socialist Rose Pastor Stokes. At the close of the meeting, Rose Pastor Stokes hands out one hundred typewritten notices including outlawed information about birth control.
Reitman convicted and sentenced to sixty days in Queens County Jail.
Goldman speaks from the back of a car at an open-air demonstration in Union Square to protest Reitman's imprisonment for distributing birth control. Ida Rauh Eastman, Bolton Hall, and Jessie Ashley are arrested later and charged with illegally distributing birth control information at the meeting.
Goldman conducts lecture tour in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; topics include "Free or Forced Motherhood," "Anarchism and Human Nature--Do They Harmonize?," "The Family--Its Enslaving Effect upon Parents and Children," "Art and Revolution: The Irish Uprising," in addition to lectures on the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman.
Goldman plans meeting with Giovannitti and others to begin work on an anti-militarist manifesto.
During strike of thirty thousand iron-ore miners of the Mesabi range in northern Minnesota, Carlo Tresca and other IWW strike leaders are arrested on charge of inciting the murder of a deputy.
Social dance and benefit for the defense funds of David Caplan and Enrique and Ricardo Flores Magón takes place in Los Angeles. Goldman and Berkman celebrate their success in raising the $10,000 bail necessary to secure the release of the Magon brothers.
A bomb is thrown into the crowd at a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, killing ten and wounding forty people. On the same day, Goldman proceeds as planned with her scheduled talk on "Preparedness, the Road to Universal Slaughter."
The authorities immediately suspect anarchist involvement in the bombing. A few days later, they search and seize material located at the offices of The Blast, and threaten to arrest Berkman and M. Eleanor Fitzgerald. Later that week, Warren Billings, Israel Weinberg, Edward Nolan, Thomas Mooney, and Rena Mooney are arrested. Goldman and Berkman begin to organize support for their defense.
Goldman lectures in Portland, Seattle, and Denver; Goldman's lecture "The Gary System" addresses the topic of public school education. In Denver, Goldman's lectures include "The Educational and Sexual Dwarfing of the Child," and a course on "Russian Literature--The Voice of Revolt."
Trial of Warren Billings begins in San Francisco.
Goldman's lecture tour concluded, she takes a brief vacation in Provincetown with her niece Stella. Following the conviction and sentencing of Warren Billings to life imprisonment, Goldman resumes work with Berkman in New York in support of the Mooney case.
Appearing in court to testify on behalf of Bolton Hall, Goldman is arrested for having distributed birth control information on May 20. (Hall is later acquitted of the charge.) Goldman released on $500 bond; Harry Weinberger serves as her attorney.
Margaret Sanger is arrested for distributing birth control information.
Protesting violations of free speech and vigilante intimidation, five members of the IWW are killed and thirty-one wounded by vigilantes in Everett, Wash.; seventy-four IWW members are later tried for the murder of a deputy and a lumber company official.
Goldman lectures in Chicago, Milwaukee, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Cleveland, and Rochester on education, Russian literature, birth control, sexuality, and anarchism.
Bill Haywood, Lucy Parsons, and Goldman speak at a large memorial meeting in Chicago for the Haymarket martyrs. Collections are made for, in Goldman's words, "the living victims in the social war," including Mooney, Tresca, Caplan, Schmidt, and the IWW members arrested in Everett.
Goldman speaks at a large meeting in Carnegie Hall called by the United Hebrew Trades to protest the arrests and trials of those accused of throwing a bomb at the San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. Other speakers include lawyer Frank Walsh, Max Eastman, United Hebrew Trades leader Max Pine, Giovannitti, and Berkman.
Reitman arrested in Cleveland for organizing volunteers to distribute birth control information at Goldman's lecture "Is Birth Control Harmful--a Discussion of the Limitation of Offspring."
At one of Goldman's lectures in Rochester, Reitman is again arrested for distributing illegal birth control literature.
Goldman lectures before Yiddish- and English-speaking audiences in New York, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Passaic, N.J., Boston, Springfield, and Brockton, Mass.; topics include "Obedience, A Social Vice," "Celibacy or Sex Expression," "Vice and Censorship, Twin Sisters--How Vice is Not Suppressed," "Michael Bakunin, His Life and Work," "Walt Whitman, the Liberator of Sex," "The Speculators in War and Starvation," "American Democracy in Relation to the Russian Revolution," and a course on Russian literature.
Goldman preoccupied with threat of Berkman's extradition to California in connection with the Mooney case.
Following the February Revolution in Russia, Goldman supports William Shatoff's return to Russia with a contingent of Russian exiles and refugees. Goldman and Berkman entrust Louise Berger with the delivery of a manifesto they have written to the people of Russia to protest the imprisonment of Mooney and Billings. Goldman and Berkman attend Leon Trotsky's farewell lecture in New York City. They contemplate visiting Russia, but decide to postpone plans when they learn that the British government has held up the return of several Russian revolutionaries.
Goldman acquitted by a New York court on charge of circulating birth control information at the May 20, 1916, Union Square open-air meeting. Goldman credits especially Ida Rauh Eastman, who risks self-incrimination in order to disprove Goldman's involvement in distributing literature.
Reitman is convicted on charges resulting from his arrest of Dec. 12, 1916, and sentenced to serve six months in jail and to pay a fine of $1,000 in addition to court costs. Goldman angry that Margaret Sanger, in Cleveland at the time, failed to help rally support for Reitman.
Alien Immigration Act passed; allows deportation of undesirable aliens "any time after their entry."
In Cleveland, Goldman speaks on "The Message of Anarchism" before a full assembly of the North Congregational Church. The following day she addresses a free-speech meeting; Goldman dismayed that other speakers have refused to attend event if birth control included among issues addressed.
Mooney convicted and sentenced to hang on May 17. Goldman intensifies organizing efforts to prevent his execution.
Following large rally in support of Reitman the prior evening, Reitman is acquitted on charges from his Dec. 15, 1916 birth control arrest in Rochester.
Mooney's defense attorney W. Bourke Cockran speaks at mass meeting at Carnegie Hall organized by Goldman and Berkman.
Goldman speaks at several meetings chaired by John Sloan of the New York Art Students League.
The United States enters World War I.
Political Prisoners Ball, which Goldman has helped organize, benefits the San Francisco Labor Defense for Mooney and Billings; features "cell-booth bazaar and prison garb and military costumes." Goldman counts forty-five hundred people in attendance.
Goldman lectures in New York, Springfield, Mass., and Philadelphia; topics include "Billy Sunday (Charlatan and Vulgarian)," "The State and its Powerful Opponents: Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Stirner, Ralph Waldo Emerson, David Thoreau, and Others," "Woman's Inhumanity to Man," and Russian literature.
Conference to organize a No-Conscription League held at the Mother Earth office; away lecturing, Goldman claims that she sent a message that, as a woman, she felt she could not claim a position on whether or not the League should urge men against registering for the military.
Mooney's scheduled date of execution is stayed while case is appealed.
On the same day that the Selective Service Act is passed authorizing federal conscription for the armed forces and requiring the registration of all men between the ages of twenty-one and thirty, Goldman addresses an anti-conscription gathering of close to ten thousand people chaired by Leonard Abbott in New York City. Other speakers include Berkman and Harry Weinberger. No arrests made, but many detectives present.
Goldman speaks before a Jewish audience in Philadelphia on "Victims of Morality," addressing morality as it relates to private ownership, government and laws, and women. The police warn her against addressing conscription when she begins to urge mothers to prevent their sons from fighting in the war. Event inspires the formation of a No-Conscription League in Philadelphia.
On an order from Washington, D.C., New York postal authorities hold up June issue of Mother Earth.
Kropotkin returns to Russia.
At a peace meeting in Madison Square Garden, Morris Becker, Louis Kramer, and two others are arrested for circulating leaflets advertising a June 4 mass meeting of the No-Conscription League. Although Goldman and Berkman attempt to claim full responsibility for the event, Becker and Kramer are later found guilty of conspiracy to advise people against military registration.
On the eve of the official military registration day, Goldman, among others, addresses a mass meeting organized by the No-Conscription League; attended by ten thousand people. Goldman stops the meeting when a conflict with uniformed soldiers and sailors breaks out.
Ignoring rumors of a death threat, Goldman speaks at an anti-conscription meeting chaired by Berkman. Officers arrest all men of draft age who cannot show proof of registration.
Goldman and Berkman arrested by U.S. Marshal Thomas McCarthy; later indicted on charge of conspiracy to violate the Draft Act.
President Wilson signs the Espionage Act, which sets penalties of up to twenty years imprisonment and fines of up to $10,000 for persons aiding the enemy, interfering with the draft, or encouraging disloyalty of military members; also declares nonmailable all written material advocating treason, insurrection, or forcible resistance to the law.
Goldman and Berkman plead not guilty on conspiracy charges; bail set at $25,000 each.
Goldman disappointed by Reitman's failure to return to New York to support their pending trial.
Goldman freed on $25,000 bail; the press spreads charges that Goldman's bail was provided by the German Kaiser. Berkman released on bail June 25.
Goldman consults with some of her closest associates--including writer and editor Frank Harris, journalist and socialist John Reed, Max Eastman, and Gilbert Roe--about her disbelief in courtroom justice and her decision to participate minimally in her pending trial.
First U.S. troops arrive in France.
June 27-July 9
Goldman and Berkman act as independent counsel in their conspiracy trial; Goldman denies charge that she stated, "We believe in violence and we will use violence" at the May 18 meeting. After a brief jury deliberation, they are both found guilty and given the maximum sentence--two years in prison and $10,000 fine. Judge Julius Mayer recommends their deportation as undesirable aliens. Goldman's plea to have sentencing deferred is denied; Goldman taken to Jefferson City, Mo., and Berkman to Atlanta, Ga., to begin their sentences.
Federal authorities demand removal of Mother Earth office from its location at 20 East 125th Street; M. Eleanor Fitzgerald relocates office to 226 Lafayette Street.
Vigilantes forcibly gather and ship over twelve hundred striking members of the IWW in cattle cars from Jerome and Bisbee, Arizona, to California and New Mexico, where they are guarded by federal military authorities.
Berkman indicted in absentia in San Francisco for complicity in three murders stemming from the bombing at the 1916 Preparedness Day parade.
Goldman released from Jefferson City, Mo., prison to New York's Tombs prison; later released on $25,000 bail pending the appeal of her case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Berkman not released on bail until Sept. 10.
This month's issue of Mother Earth is held up by Post Office authorities (it proves to be the final issue published).
Goldman steps up efforts to prevent Berkman's extradition to California--solicits support from the United Hebrew Trades, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, the Freie Arbeiter Stimme, the Forward, prominent individuals including Max Eastman, social worker and nurse Lillian Wald, Bolton Hall, publisher Benjamin Huebsch, and Sholem Asch, and many other unions and organizations.
In Butte, Mont., while assisting striking miners, IWW General Executive Board member Frank Little is brutally murdered.
Accompanied by Reitman, Goldman speaks about the status of her case, Berkman's threatened extradition, and conscription at several meetings in Chicago.
Mother Earth denied second-class mailing privileges by Post Office authorities.
The People's Council in Minneapolis convenes; although elected by various anarchist groups to serve as a delegate, Goldman refuses, objecting to its implicit prowar stance.
In response to growing IWW opposition to the war, federal authorities raid IWW headquarters in twenty-four cities. Raids precede arrests later that month of over one hundred IWW members, including Bill Haywood, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Arturo Giovannitti, and Carlo Tresca.
Anarchist Antonio Fornasier is killed by Milwaukee police after heckling a priest. His comrade Augusta Marinelli, wounded on the same occasion, dies five days later. Ten men and a woman are arrested for inciting the riot; later linked to Nov. 24 bomb explosion that occurred while they were still imprisoned; each found guilty and sentenced to between eleven and twenty-five years imprisonment. Goldman will later protest the injustice of their case, claiming a frame-up.
Upon Berkman's release from prison on $25,000 bail, he is arrested for murder in connection with the Preparedness Day bombing in San Francisco. Prompted by demonstrations in Russia, President Wilson later orders a federal investigation of the case.
Police authorities prevent Goldman from speaking publicly at a meeting at the Kessler Theater in New York; to protest and dramatize police suppression of her address, she nonetheless appears on stage, a gag over her mouth.
Labor delegation organized by Goldman calls on New York Governor Whitman to protest Berkman's threatened extradition to California.
Goldman, her niece Stella, and M. Eleanor Fitzgerald begin publication of Mother Earth Bulletin. Reitman returns to Chicago, in sharp disagreement with Goldman over the direction of the Bulletin.
Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Goldman defends Bolshevism against attacks by the American press and liberals.
Federal agents begin to investigate Goldman for her suspected role in "the Guillotine Plot"; implicated in masterminding the organization of "Committees of Five" to assassinate simultaneously the president and other state officials. Investigation continued through early 1918, when inconclusive evidence forces its abandonment.
California District Attorney Charles Fickert temporarily withdraws demand for Berkman's extradition. Berkman released from prison the following day.
Goldman speaks at New York's Hunt's Point Palace on "The Russian Revolution: Its Promise and Fulfillment" before two thousand people; describes it as a "most inspiring event."
Goldman meets Helen Keller at a benefit ball for The Masses.
Anarchist and feminist poet Louise Olivereau convicted for antiwar activities; sentenced to ten years in Colorado prison.
Weinberger presents Goldman's and Berkman's appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court; argues that the Draft Act is unconstitutional.
Police authorities prevent Goldman and Berkman from speaking at a meeting at the Harlem River Casino in New York organized by labor for the San Francisco defense.
Prior to imprisonment, Goldman delivers her last public lectures in Chicago, Detroit, and Rochester (in Yiddish and English); topics include "The Bolsheviki--Their True Nature and Aim," "The Russian Revolution and its Forerunners," "Maxim Gorki," "Leonid Andreyeff," "America and the Russian Revolution," "The Spiritual and Intellectual Development of Russia," "The Spiritual Awakening of Russia," and "Women Martyrs of Russia."
The mayor of Ann Arbor, responding to pressure from the Daughters of the American Revolution, cancels Goldman's public engagements. Plans to speak in St. Louis, Minneapolis, Denver, Kansas City, and Cleveland are abandoned in light of difficulty securing halls and her pending imprisonment.
U.S. Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of the selective service law; on Jan. 14, affirms all criminal charges arising from non-compliance with the draft.
President Wilson presents his Fourteen Points peace program to Congress.
Supreme Court mandates return of Goldman and Berkman to begin their prison sentences.
From Petrograd, the U.S. ambassador notifies the State Department of the Russian anarchists' threat to hold him personally responsible for Goldman's and Berkman's safety in prison.
Goldman's niece Stella Ballantine establishes the Mother Earth Book Shop in Greenwich Village.
Goldman and Berkman are honored in New York at the first United Russian Convention in America, attended by over 160 delegates from Russian organizations in the United States.
Prior to surrendering to federal authorities, Goldman meets with representatives of the newly formed League for the Amnesty of Political Prisoners, including the chairman, educator Prince Hopkins, treasurer Leonard Abbott, and secretary M. Eleanor Fitzgerald.
Goldman held in the Tombs prison in New York until Feb. 4, when she is transported to the federal penitentiary in Jefferson City, Mo.
Goldman begins serving her prison sentence in Jefferson City, Mo., one of about ninety women federal prisoners. She is assigned the task of sewing jackets and other items for the state of Missouri, which in turn sells the clothing to private firms throughout the United States. Her prescribed daily quota causes intense strain and contributes to her ongoing physical decline.
Goldman is initially allowed to write only one two-page letter every week; soon granted the right to send an additional weekly letter to her attorney, Harry Weinberger. Allowed one monthly visit, with some exceptions. Goldman denied outside recreation on Sunday afternoons when she refuses to attend morning church services. Throughout Goldman's incarceration, she receives weekly deliveries of fresh groceries from St. Louis anarchists.
Birth Brutus, Ben Reitman's son with Anna Martindale.
Newspapers report on government charges that Goldman and Berkman had worked with German spies in foreign countries, an allegation based on correspondence from Indian nationalist Har Dayal to Berkman found among the papers seized from the Mother Earth office.
Goldman receives visit from Prince Hopkins, who reports on the activities of the League for the Amnesty of Political Prisoners.
Germany and its allies sign the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with the Soviet Republic.
The Bureau of Investigation of the Department of Justice orders copies of all correspondence to and from Goldman sent to its office in Washington, D.C.
Harry Weinberger submits motion to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, that the bail money provided for Goldman and Berkman should not be used to pay their fines. Motion granted by Judge Augustus N. Hand on Mar. 11.
Reitman begins his six-month prison sentence in Cleveland for his Jan. 1917 conviction for distributing birth control information.
Ricardo Flores Magón arrested in Los Angeles, placed under $25,000 bail. Later convicted under the Espionage Act for obstructing the war effort; sentenced to twenty years imprisonment.
Final issue of Mother Earth Bulletin produced; future publication made impossible by ongoing government seizures.
Ferrer Center in New York closes.
In reaction to growing protests of Russian anarchists to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, the Cheka--the Soviet secret police--raids anarchist centers in Moscow. Approximately forty anarchists are killed or wounded, more than five hundred taken prisoners.
Weinberger meets with the assistant superintendent of prisons in Washington, D.C., to complain about government tampering and confiscation of Goldman's mail.
Prince Hopkins arrested, indicted by federal grand jury in Los Angeles for violating the Espionage Act; released on $25,000 bail. On Aug. 30, he pleads guilty, fined $27,000.
The Sedition Act is passed, penalizing anyone judged to be hindering the war effort by making false statements, obstructing enlistment, or speaking against production of war materials, the American government, its constitution, or flag. Signed into law by President Wilson on May 21.
Goldman granted permission to write two letters every week, in addition to her letters to Weinberger.
Contemplates writing about the situation of women in prison. Receives news that William Marion Reedy and attorney Clarence Darrow are interested in the League for the Amnesty of Political Prisoners, but believe that nothing can be done until after the war. Anticipating orders for her deportation, Goldman begins to investigate her citizenship status.
Following suspension of the Mother Earth Bulletin, Stella Ballantine publishes a mimeographed newsletter, Instead of a Magazine.
Goldman spends her birthday in agonizing pain, induced by strain from her prison work.
Federal agents raid the apartment of Goldman's associate M. Eleanor Fitzgerald, seizing mailing lists and other relevant material. Goldman's associates Carl Newlander and William Bales arrested for draft evasion following the raid of their apartment.
U.S. intelligence agencies begin to circulate the names and addresses of over eight thousand Mother Earth subscribers, targeting them for investigation.
Goldman reluctantly concurs with Stella Ballantine's decision to close the Mother Earth Bookshop.
Roger Baldwin visits Goldman in prison.
National Mooney Day; Governor Stephens grants Mooney a reprieve until December.
Goldman is disturbed by Catherine Breshkovskaya's condemnation of the Bolsheviks.
Reitman is released from prison.
Goldman impressed by Eugene Debs's courageous stand during his trial and conviction for violation of the Espionage Act.
U.S. Committee on Public Information promotes widespread publication of alleged Russian documents that prove Bolshevik leaders are German agents.
With the spread of a deathly strain of influenza, a quarantine is established at the penitentiary in Jefferson City, Mo., where Goldman is imprisoned; all outside visits are suspended.
Goldman congratulates her lawyer Harry Weinberger for his brave defense in the Abrams case. Jacob Abrams, Samuel Lipman, and Hyman Lachowsky are convicted on charges of violating the Espionage Act and sentenced to twenty years in federal prison; Mollie Steimer sentenced to fifteen years.
Roger Baldwin tried before U.S. District Judge Julius Mayer for failure to register for the draft; sentenced to a year in prison.
Goldman's nephew, the talented violinist David Hochstein, dies in battle; news about his death does not reach family members until Jan. 1919.
Anti-Anarchist Act passed by Congress, granting the government authority to deport aliens living in the United States.
Mooney's death sentence commuted to life imprisonment.
Gabriella Segata Antolini, a nineteen-year-old anarchist arrested and convicted for transporting dynamite in Chicago, is imprisoned in the Jefferson City, Mo., penitentiary; she and Goldman become good friends.
End of World War I.
Goldman granted the privilege of writing three letters each week in addition to her weekly communication with Harry Weinberger.
Prison quarantine lifted; influenza outbreak under control. Goldman visited by M. Eleanor Fitzgerald, who brings her a smuggled communication from Berkman.
Goldman reads and responds to Louise Bryant's book Six Red Months in Russia: An Observer's Account of Russia before and during the Proletarian Dictatorship; Goldman is critical of Bryant's portrayal of the Russian anarchists.
Revolutionaries Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht arrested and murdered in Berlin.
New York City Police Inspector Thomas J. Tunney testifies before a Senate subcommittee chaired by Senator Overman investigating links between German agents and the U.S. Brewers' Association and allied liquor interests; recounts his investigation of Goldman and Berkman in connection with the Hindu revolutionary Har Dayal. Claims that Goldman and Berkman are close associates of Leon Trotsky. Describes Goldman as "a very able and intelligent woman and a very fine speaker."
Goldman receives a brief visit from Kate Richards O'Hare, who is anticipating her incarceration for violation of the Espionage Act.
Goldman notes that her mail is being monitored by federal authorities.
Suffering from intense pain from the physical hardship of her prison work, Goldman resorts to paying her fellow inmates to help her reach the daily quota.
Catherine Breshkovskaya testifies before the Overman Subcommittee on Bolshevik propaganda. Louise Bryant testifies on Feb. 20: states her belief that Breshkovskaya is being manipulated by Russian counter-revolutionists; remarks on Goldman's imprisonment.
Harry Weinberger appeals to the U.S. assistant superintendent of prisons in Washington, D.C., to assign Goldman to less physically demanding work. Prison authorities agree to investigate the conditions.
Goldman responds to an anonymous editorial published in the Liberator attacking the Russian anarchists.
Goldman urges Harry Weinberger to embark on a national speaking tour to promote amnesty for all political prisoners; Weinberger feels unable to comply because of lack of financial and human resources.
Goldman interviewed by Winthrop Lane for an independent investigation of federal prisons slated for publication in the research magazine Survey.
Eugene Debs incarcerated.
Immigration officer interrogates Goldman in prison. Following visit, the Bureau of Immigration privately concludes that there are no legal barriers to Goldman's deportation. Anthony Caminetti, Commissioner General of the Bureau of Immigration, pursues policy for allowing her deportation.
Socialist Kate Richards O'Hare joins Goldman in prison at the Jefferson City, Mo., penitentiary.
Benefit concert at Carnegie Hall for the League for the Amnesty of Political Prisoners organized by M. Eleanor Fitzgerald, Stella Ballantine, and Harry Weinberger.
German anarchist Gustav Landauer killed following his arrest by a unit of the anti-revolutionary Freikorps.
Goldman emphatically rejects Reitman's request to visit her in prison.
Socialist Ella Reeve Bloor visits Goldman in prison.
Mail bombs purportedly sent to Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer and other prominent officials gain media attention. Government agents wrongly implicate Goldman and Berkman in the conspiracy.
Goldman laments that "nothing vital" is being done to promote amnesty.
Goldman notes Kate Richard O'Hare's ability to influence much-needed prison reforms at the Jefferson City penitentiary.
Goldman and other prisoners allowed for the first time weekend picnics in the city park.
Frank Harris assists Goldman with planning a public celebration to welcome her home.
Goldman celebrates her fiftieth birthday in prison. Especially touched that William Shatoff sends her a bouquet of flowers from Russia.
Much to Goldman's disappointment, an amnesty conference scheduled to take place in Chicago July 2-4 is canceled.
Kate Richards O'Hare begins to type Goldman's weekly dictated letters.
Goldman's prison sentence for her primary conviction ends; one-month sentence in lieu of paying her fine begins.
Still in prison, Goldman is served a warrant for her arrest and deportation; bond set at $15,000.
Underground anarchists bomb Communist headquarters in Moscow.
Goldman's term of imprisonment at Jefferson City penitentiary expires; released on bail with orders for deportation pending. Greeted in Jefferson City by mobs of reporters, friends, and niece Stella Ballantine, who accompanies her to Rochester. Berkman released from Atlanta penitentiary on Oct. 1.
Stops in Chicago to visit Reitman; meets his wife and child.
General strike called to demand Mooney's release and amnesty for all political prisoners.
Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover, in New York to review evidence collected for Goldman's deportation, monitors protest rally that night. In search of further evidence, Hoover personally inspects storage room leased by M. Eleanor Fitzgerald and Reitman.
Goldman and Berkman spend a few days in the country to recuperate from harsh prison conditions before they begin work to oppose their deportations.
Goldman appears before immigration authorities at Ellis Island to appeal her deportation order.
Dinner in honor of Goldman and Berkman is sponsored by the Ferrer School and a committee of supporters at the Hotel Brevoort in New York City. Margaret Scully, who will hold a job as Goldman's secretary for a week, acts as a spy for the Lusk Committee, submitting her first report detailing events at the Hotel Brevoort celebration.
Immigration officials question Goldman to determine her citizenship status; Goldman claims U.S. citizenship from her marriage to Jacob A. Kersner.
Benefit theater performance in New York City raises $500 for Goldman and Berkman's deportation fight.
Violent raids of the homes of hundreds of suspected radicals take place in New York City.
Goldman and Berkman send out a three-thousand-piece solicitation to raise support for political prisoners, the fight against deportation of aliens, and to announce their proposed lecture tour scheduled to begin at the end of the month.
Goldman speaks at a New York dinner organized by friends of Kate Richards O'Hare.
Goldman and Berkman begin a short lecture tour in Detroit; Nov. 23 event attended by fifteen hundred people; Goldman claims that two thousand people had to be turned away for lack of space. Large Jewish audience attends a meeting on Nov. 25.
Department of Labor orders Berkman's deportation to Russia. Goldman's deportation order follows on Nov. 29.
Weinberger meets in Washington, D.C., with immigration officials, including Anthony Caminetti and Assistant Secretary of Labor Louis F. Post.
Goldman and Berkman address an audience of forty-five hundred people in Chicago about their prison experiences. The following day they address another large crowd. Large benefit banquet takes place at the Hotel Morrison in Chicago on Dec. 1. Goldman describes the Detroit and Chicago meetings as "among the most inspiring in our public career."
Goldman and Berkman detained at Ellis Island.
Goldman and Berkman appear in federal court before Judge Julius M. Mayer, who declares that as aliens, they have no constitutional rights. They remain in detention at Ellis Island.
Goldman and Berkman send a mass appeal for political and financial support.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis declines to overrule the lower court's decision in Goldman and Berkman's case.
Soviet representative Ludwig C. A. K. Martens writes to Goldman and Berkman at Ellis Island, assuring them of their right to travel and speak freely in Russia.
Goldman and Berkman send a farewell letter to their supporters.
At dawn, Goldman, Berkman, and 247 radical aliens set sail on the S.S. Buford, bound for Russia.
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