Love, Anarchy, and the Emma Goldman Papers Project

Endorsed by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA), the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE), and the Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1600–2000

Friday, April 3, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Archives and Bibliography; Labor and Working-Class; Public History and Memory


This panel examines the legacy and continued relevance of Emma Goldman, while also celebrating the forty-year history of the Emma Goldman Papers Project, which ran from 1980 to 2019. Under the guidance of Candace Falk and her team, the project prepared the magisterial four-volume Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of The American Years (1890–1919) and also digitized tens of thousands of original documents and archival materials related to Goldman’s lifelong struggles for women’s equality, free speech, and labor rights.

Session Participants

Panelist: Clayborne Carson, Stanford University
Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson has devoted most of his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. Under Carson’s direction, the King Papers Project has produced seven volumes of a definitive, comprehensive edition of King’s speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. Dr. Carson has also edited numerous other books based on King's papers, including The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Panelist: Robert Cohen, New York University

Panelist: Candace Falk, University of California, Berkeley
Falk is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and a member of the DistinguishedSpeakers Bureau of the Organization for American Historians, the American HistoricalAssociation, and the Association for Documentary Editing, as well as the winner of the Hamer-Kegan Award from the Society of American Archivists for increasing public awareness of an archival collection. Falk also served on the Joint Committee of Historians, Archivists, and Federal Records Officials. She is the author of Love, Anarchy and Emma Goldman.

Panelist: Thai Jones, Columbia University
Thai Jones is the author of three books on radicalism and working-class history, including More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York’s Year of Anarchy (Bloomsbury, 2012). Jones’ writing has appeared in a variety of national publications, ranging from the New Yorker and the New York Times to The Nation and the Occupied Wall Street Journal.

Panelist: Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University
Dr. Kessler-Harris specializes in the history of American labor and the comparative and interdisciplinary exploration of women and gender. Her published works include In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America (2001), Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States (1982), and A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman (2012).