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True, she had some conflicts with the powers that be, she was forcibly removed from the platform on several occasions, she was arrested and tried on others, but never convicted. On the whole, her activities went on comparatively smoothly and undisturbed. Her struggles were of psychologic nature, her bitter disappointments having their roots in her own strange being. To understand the tragedy of her life, one must try to trace its inherent causes. Voltairine herself has given us the key to her nature and inner conflicts.

Nor is Emma’s suggestion that Voltairine was unattractive to men accurate. In spite of her austere ways, Voltairine had many friends and many lovers in her life. Though flawed by these errors, Emma’s essay remains, nonetheless, an intimate and cogent testimony to a remarkable woman. ” Sources Paul Avrich. An American Anarchist: The Life of Voltairine de Cleyre. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1978. Harry de Cleyre to Joseph Ishill, Oct. 15, 1934, Emma Goldman Papers. Voltairine De Cleyre Emma Goldman WRITTEN IN RED Bear it aloft, O roaring flame!

Voltairine’s political-economic stance within the anarchist spectrum was no less complicated than her other views and even less well understood. Avrich dispels the myth created by erroneous claims of Rudolph Rocker and Emma Goldman that Voltairine became a communist anarchist. ” Beginning as a Tuckerite individualist, Voltairine turned in the 1890s to the mutualism of Dyer Lum. But she eventually grew to the conclusion that neither individualism nor collectivism nor even mutualism was entirely satisfactory.

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