Against the Grain

The Lost History of 20th Century Anarchism

In the popular imagination, U.S. anarchism ended with the deportation of Emma Goldman in 1919, only to re-emerge recently with the masked Black Bloc.  But according to scholar Andrew Cornell, anarchism survived and thrived in mid-century America, deeply influencing bohemia, Civil Rights, and the New Left.



Andrew Cornell, Unruly Equality: U.S. Anarchism in the Twentieth Century UC Press, 2016

Alexander Berkman addressing a May Day rally in New York's Union Square, 1914
Alexander Berkman addressing a May Day rally in New York’s Union Square, 1914
  • Darning Needle

    An excellent guest, very knowledgable and insightful re anachism. Expecially interesting was the time segments — early US anarchism, the 1930s and ’40s, the role of anarchism in the Civil Rights era, and on up through today.
    And it was a good conversation with Sasha Lilley.

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