Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical

Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical

by Jacqueline Jones

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From a prize-winning historian, a new portrait of an extraordinary activist and the turbulent age in which she lived

Goddess of Anarchy recounts the formidable life of the militant writer, orator, and agitator Lucy Parsons. Born to an enslaved woman in Virginia in 1851 and raised in Texas-where she met her husband, the Haymarket "martyr" Albert Parsons-Lucy was a fearless advocate of First Amendment rights, a champion of the working classes, and one of the most prominent figures of African descent of her era. And yet, her life was riddled with contradictions-she advocated violence without apology, concocted a Hispanic-Indian identity for herself, and ignored the plight of African Americans.

Drawing on a wealth of new sources, Jacqueline Jones presents not only the exceptional life of the famous American-born anarchist but also an authoritative account of her times-from slavery through the Great Depression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541697263
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 24 MB
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About the Author

Jacqueline Jones holds the Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women's History and the Mastin Gentry White Professorship in Southern History at the University of Texas at Austin. Winner of the Bancroft Prize for Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow, Jones lives in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 An Enduring Civil War

Chapter 1 Wide-Open Waco 3

Chapter 2 Republican Heyday 29

Part 2 Gilded Age Dynamite

Chapter 3 A Local War 45

Chapter 4 Farewell to the Ballot Box 69

Chapter 5 A False Alarm? 95

Chapter 6 Haymarket 117

Chapter 7 Bitter Fruit of Braggadocio 139

Chapter 8 "The Dusky Goddess of Anarchy Speaks Her Mind" 161

Chapter 9 The Blood of My Husband 183

Part 3 Blatherkite-Goddess of Free Speech

Chapter 10 The Widow Parsons Sets Her Course 209

Chapter 11 Variety in Life, and Its Critics 233

Chapter 12 Tending the Sacred Flame of Haymarket 263

Chapter 13 Wars at Home and Abroad 291

Part 4 The Falling Curtain of Mystery

Chapter 14 Facts and Fine-Spun Theories 315

Epilogue 343

Acknowledgments 353

Abbreviations in Notes 357

Notes 361

Index 417

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