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(en) US, New pamphlet: George Brown, the cobbler anarchist of Philadelphia By Robert P. Helms

Date Wed, 04 Oct 2006 16:31:55 +0200

The Kate Sharpley Library are please to announce the publication
of a new pamphlet examining the life of George Brown (1858-1915),
Philadelphia anarchist activist. Robert P. Helms traces the life of this
anarchist shoemaker from freethinking Northamptonshire to
Philadelphia's burgeoning anarchist movement of the 1890s. Never
famous, and only occasionally infamous, Brown was typical of many
of the militants who made the movement what it was, and his story
sheds a fascinating light on the microcosm of a social movement.

Leafing through newscuttings, letters and memoirs Helms has
restored Brown's life and activism to view. But this biograpy does
more than restore the name of one militant. Never a 'leading light',
Brown's story highlights the activities of the grassroots anarchists of
Philadelphia (like Brown and his partner and comrade Mary
Hansen); the views and divisions of anarchists on sexual liberation
at the turn of the twentieth century and fractious debates within the
Arden Single-Tax colony.

'The closer we examine this particular anarchist, the more he is his
own unique self, the more fiercely determined he remains. He was
somewhat wily, could be a bit pig-headed, but never for a selfish
reason, never in a way that indicated even the slightest corruption.
As yet another traveling anarchist noted in 1900, George's "whole
soul is in the cause. He is a most genial companion, with a warm,
human heart, but rigidly uncompromising in his devotion to
anarchist principles."*'
*James F. Morton Jr. "Across the Continent III" Free Society, April
8, 1900

Robert P. Helms is a writer, historian & editor of the
'deadanarchists.org' website, an excellent collection of anarchist
history, (mainly related to Philadelphia.)
The Kate Sharpley Library is dedicated to preserving, researching
and restoring the history of anarchism and the anarchist movement
and regularly publishes information on lost areas of anarchist history.

George Brown, the cobbler anarchist of Philadelphia By Robert P.
Sixty page pamphlet, illustrated.
ISBN-13: 9781873605349 ISBN-10: 187360534X
Anarchist library series, number 17.
Price £3 (orders to London address) or $5 (Berkeley address)

Available direct from the publisher:
Kate Sharpley Library, BM Hurricane, London, WC1N 3XX
Kate Sharpley Library, PMB 820, 2425 Channing Way, Berkeley CA
94704, USA
or from good bookshops.

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