Sophie Glidden Lyon revised research question

My research has evolved to revolve largely around Emma Goldman. Through further research – particularly via the memoirs and articles written by the anarchists of the time, as well as Emma's own autobiography, she has emerged as the driving force behind the movement as it existed in the East Village, and beyond. Her house was often a refuge, a meeting space, a place to crash when someone had no where else to go. Emma fought against many people who bought into the lies published about her in the press, but the people who knew her personally were undyingly loyal. This is evidenced in the fact that she was able to effectively hide in the village. Even if she had to rent under an assumed name, when the police came asking, no one ever revealed her location. She will be at the heart of my exhibit, with her writings and history at the center of the community she helped create. The focus of the exhibit will still be how anarchists create community, but Emma really has stood out as the axis around which this community revolved at the turn of the 20th Century.

  • A map will ground her community in the village, with a few outliers. Individual people will be located, as well as common meeting places
  • There will be an overview of leftist politics in the village, and the solidarity that existed between movements
  • how did they build this community, through rallies, speeches, publications and acts of civil disobedience, but also through the homes they created for themselves, taking all shapes and sizes?
  • 210 East 1st Street will play a large role, involving a discussion of Goldman's ideas around family and free love
  • Mother Earth, as a flag ship New York anarchist publications
  • 50 East 1st street as a prominent community center, with Justus Schwab providing safe haven for everyone, no matter political affiliation
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