Feb. 11, 1916: Emma Goldman Arrested

Emma Goldman — Russian Jewish anarchist, feminist, advocate of free speech, the eight-hour work day, and birth control — emigrated to the United States in 1885. On Feb. 11, 1916, she was arrested on charges of distributing materials about contraception in violation of the Comstock Act, an 1873 law banning transportation of “obscene” matter through the mail or across state lines.

Via Zinn Education Project


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