Ever since Occupy Wall Street began -which at this point was nearly two months ago- I’ve periodically thought about how much I wish that Emma Goldman was here to experience and participate in this movement. I want to dedicate today’s blog post to her, and write about a project of the UC Berkeley Digital Library staff – The Emma Goldman Papers.
Since 1980, the Project has “collected, organized, and edited tens of thousands of documents from around the world by and about Emma Goldman (1869-1940), a leading figure in American anarchism, feminism, and radicalism.” The Project offers researchers a wealth of digital primary resources, such as selections from her writings and documents (e.g. personal correspondence and pamphlets).
I’m going to end with a quote I love (and derive great inspiration from) describing Goldman from an article on the project website: “She gazed contemplatively in the bottom of the empty coffee cup, as though she saw in imagination the ideal State, already an actuality.”