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(en) US, Emma Goldman Documentary Draws on Berkely Archives

From Dan Clore <clore@columbia-center.org>
Date Fri, 9 Apr 2004 10:51:02 +0200 (CEST)

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UCBerkeleyNews - Emma Goldman documentary draws on Berkeley archives
By Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations 07 April 2004 BERKELEY -- A
University of California, Berkeley, research unit plays a role in a
TV documentary on anarchist and radical feminist Emma Goldman, being
broadcast by the Public Broadcasting Service next Monday.
The Emma Goldman Papers Project opened its doors to the
filmmakers, providing research materials and information
contained in the film, said Barry Pateman, an historian and
associate editor with the campus-based project. Since 1980,
the project has collected and edited tens of thousands of
documents about Goldman. Later this year, University of
California Press is publishing "Making Speech Free," the
project’s second in a four-volume American Years series
about Goldman.

The 90-minute film, airing on the PBS program "American
Experience" at 9 p.m. April 12, tells the story of Goldman,
the anarchist writer and lecturer who spoke fearlessly in
support of free speech, birth control, women’s rights and
labor. She spoke out against government and big business,
but her outspoken opposition to war and World War I, along
with her protest against the draft, led to the deportation
of this so-called "most dangerous anarchist in America." She
was ordered back to her native Russia in 1919, and returned
just once to the United States before her death in Toronto
in 1940.

Pateman said director Mel Bucklin visited the Emma Goldman
Papers Project in 1997 to review documents and photographic
material and to interview all project editors. An extensive
interview with Pateman is interspersed throughout the film,
and he is credited as one of its advisors.

Candace Falk, founding director and editor of the Emma
Goldman Papers, said she is thrilled that the project’s work
of the past 25 years has helped lay the foundation for
bringing the deported Goldman firmly back into the "American
Experience." Falk noted that another documentary, "Anarchist
Guest" by Coleman Romalis, which aired last year in the
United States and Canada, also relied heavily on the Emma
Goldman Papers archive and on staff interviews.

"I hope the gathering interest represented by the upcoming
‘American Experience’ feature on Emma Goldman marks a new
wave of interest in one of the most eloquent women of the
20th century, whose words continue to resonate and inspire
-- especially now," Falk said.

More information about the Emma Goldman Papers Project is
available on the project's website:

Dan Clore

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