Lucy Parsons: American Revolutionary

Lucy Parsons: American Revolutionary Lucy Parsons Life Energy Was Directed Toward Freeing The Working Class From Capitalism She Attributed The Inferior Position Of Women And Minority Racial Groups In American Society To Class Inequalities And Argued, As Eugene Debs Later Did, That Blacks Were Oppressed Because They Were Poor, Not Because They Were Black Lucy Favored The Availability Of Birth Control Information And Contraceptive Devices She Believed That Under Socialism Women Would Have The Right To Divorce And Remarry Without Economic, Political And Religious Constraints That Women Would Have The Right To Limit The Number Of Children They Would Have And That Women Would Have The Right To Prevent Legalized Rape In Marriage Lucy Parsons Life Expressed The Anger Of The Unemployed Workers, Women, And Minorities Against Oppression And Is Exemplary Of Radicals Efforts To Organize The Working Class For Social Change From The PrefaceLucy Parsons, Who The Chicago Police Considered Dangerous Than A Thousand Rioters, Was An Early American Radical Who Defied All The Conventions Of Her Turbulent Era As An Outspoken Woman Of Color, Writer, And Labor Organizer Parsons Life As Activist Spanned The Era Of The Robber Barons Through The Great Depression, During Which She Actively Campaigned And Organized For The Emancipation Of The Working Class From Wage Slavery Parsons Courageously Led The Defense Campaign For The Haymarket Martyrs, Including Her Husband Albert Parsons Ashbaugh S Biography Takes A Giant Leap Toward Reinterpreting The Role Of Women In American History

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  • Paperback
  • 282 pages
  • Lucy Parsons: American Revolutionary
  • Carolyn Ashbaugh
  • English
  • 13 January 2019
  • 9781608462131

10 thoughts on “Lucy Parsons: American Revolutionary

  1. says:

    Described by Tariq Khan as Today in history, March 7, 1942, one of my all time personal heroes, Lucy Parsons, died in a fire in Chicago She was one of the bravest and most defiant freedom fighters this country has ever seen The Chicago police labeled her dangerous than a thousand rioters The newspapers referred to her as a veritable Louise Michel, a comparison intended to demonize her, but which she took as the highest compliment She was a union organizer, a feminist, an anarchist, a mother, a worker, an anti racist, an agitator, a writer, a book and newspaper editor, a revolutionist, and a sharp witted intellectual.She scoffed at respectability politics She led the unemployed through the rich section of Chicago throwing rotten vegetables at the mansions of Chicago s elite She refused to allow respectable leftists to play the good protestors vs bad protestors game, and supported the diversity of tactics When someone commented what a shame it was that a person threw a bomb at the police at Haymarket Square, she sharply replied that the only shame is that all the workers didn t likewise throw bombs at the police.We know little about her childhood, though evidence suggests that she was born into slavery at the slave labor camp run by the wealthy Gathings brothers in Texas The consensus among historians seems to be that she was of mixed Creek, Mexican, and African ancestry We do not know what she personally experienced growing up, but we do know that she lived in Waco, Texas during a period in which white lynch mobs publicly murdered many Black people and publicly committed several heinous acts of sexual violence against Black women and girls Her heart burned with deep hatred against lynch mobs Knowing full well that the legal system offered no justice or defense to victims of lynching, she encouraged armed resistance against white lynch mobs She and her white husband Albert had to flee Texas for their lives after being violently targeted by organized white supremacist terrorist groups for the crime of miscegenation and for their work as radical Reconstructionists.She was involved in the Great Railroad Uprising of 1877, she organized women garment workers and domestic laborers in Chicago, she pushed the Knights of Labor to include women, she was a founder of the anarchist International Working People s Association and the Industrial Workers of the World She wrote some of the most incendiary articles for the IWPA newspaper The Alarm She was editor of the IWW newspaper The Liberator, consciously linking the labor movement to the earlier anti slavery movement Later in life she worked with the communist International Labor Defense on the Scottsboro Eight trial She along with her close friend Lizzy Holmes led several rowdy marches through the streets of Chicago carrying the red and black flags of socialist and anarchist rebellion She brought her children with her to marches and demonstrations She was a dress maker who fought against white supremacy and capitalism in style.She defied categorization and resented those who attempted to essentialize her into a single identity box.The police still remember her and are still threatened by her memory When Chicago named a park after Lucy Parsons in 2004, the police union fought unsuccessfully to squash the project.Suggested readings to learn about Lucy Parsons Carolyn Ashbaugh Lucy Parsons American RevolutionaryPaul Avrich The Haymarket TragedyGale Ahrens Lucy Parsons Freedom, Equality, SolidarityLauren Basson White Enough to be American Race Mixing, Indigenous People, and the Boundaries of State and NationDave Roediger Franklin Rosemont Haymarket Scrapbook

  2. says:

    It took me a shamefully long time to finish this book Lucy Parsons is a fascinating, inspiring individual, and through her life, Carolyn Ashbaugh gives us a glimpse of an amazing period in American history.As a reader, it did read strangely at times there were moments of novel like detail, in describing Lucy Parson s voice and charisma, interspersed in a book that many times seemed to be of a history of the Chicago labor movement than a biography of Lucy Parsons But this seems to me less a fault of the writer and a problem of the genre and the subject matter Lucy Parsons left very little information about her life outside of her involvement with the anarchist, community, and labor movements.I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys biographies and powerful women.

  3. says:

    Essential reading to reconstruct Chicago in the years leading up to the Haymarket Affair The factionalization Violence in rhetoric and deed by capitalists and mostly just in rhetoric by the labor agitators How any bit of threat from working people or any oppressed people creates an excuse for oppressors to crush a movement to which the public nods in fear of reprisal against them Lucy is bitter, sharp, tireless, maligned.

  4. says:

    To the slogan The land for the landless the tools to the toilers and the products to the producers, Lucy Parsons added, For without this right to the free use of these things, the pursuit of happiness, the enjoyment of liberty and life itself are hollow mockeries Hence the employment of any and all means are justifiable in obtaining them, even to a forceable violent revolution Excellent book on the history of Lucy Parsons, anarchist, Wobbly, labor militant, free speech defender, and Communist.

  5. says:

    My original homegirl.

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  7. says:

    A good overview of Lucy Parsons life.It does an especially good job of covering her militancy as it relates to the Chicago anarchists and her later co optation by the Communists.

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