Selected Essays

Voltairine DE CLEYRE (1866 - 1912)

Voltairine de Cleyre (1866–1912) was, according to Emma Goldman, "the most gifted and brilliant anarchist woman America ever produced." Today she is not widely known as a consequence of her short life. De Cleyre was especially influenced by Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft and Clarence Darrow. After the hanging of the Haymarket protesters in 1887, she became an anarchist. "Till then I believed in the essential justice of the American law of trial by jury," she wrote in an autobiographical essay, "After that I never could." She was known as an excellent speaker and writer – in the opinion of biographer Paul Avrich, she was "a greater literary talent than any other American anarchist" – and as a tireless advocate for the anarchist cause, whose "religious zeal," according to Goldman, "stamped everything she did." (Wikipedia)

Genre(s): General Fiction, *Non-fiction, Philosophy

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Dominant Idea Rhonda Federman
00:41:52
Play 02 Anarchism Rhonda Federman
00:50:04
Play 03 Anarchism and American Traditions Rhonda Federman
00:40:59
Play 04 Anarchism in Literature Rhonda Federman
00:41:22
Play 05 The Making of an Anarchist Philippa
00:20:29
Play 06 The 11th November 1887 Rhonda Federman
00:19:27
Play 07 Crime and Punishment, part 1 Carl Manchester
00:33:51
Play 08 Crime and Punishment, part 2 Carl Manchester
00:34:54
Play 09 In Defense of Emma Goldman lukkystarr
00:31:22
Play 10 Direct Action lukkystarr
00:49:26
Play 11 The Paris Commune Carl Manchester
00:20:49
Play 12 The Mexican Revolution Sibella Denton
00:38:32
Play 13 Thomas Paine harsh365
00:17:24
Play 14 Dyer D. Lum Heather Hogan
00:27:46
Play 15 Francisco Ferrer Sibella Denton
00:42:16
Play 16 Modern Educational Reform Philippa
00:40:15
Play 17 Sex Slavery Kalynda
00:31:09
Play 18 Literature the Mirror of Man RevRal
00:39:46
Play 19 The Drama of the Nineteenth Century, part 1 Sibella Denton
00:21:59
Play 20 The Drama of the Nineteenth Century, part 2 Sibella Denton
00:25:54
Play 21 They Who Marry Do Ill Rhonda Federman
00:35:26
Play 22 The Economic Tendency of Freethought lukkystarr
00:42:10