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      News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:

      Emma Goldman documentary draws on Berkeley archives
      By Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
      07 April 2004

      BERKELEY -- A University of California, Berkeley, research
      unit plays a role in a TV documentary on anarchist and
      radical feminist Emma Goldman, being broadcast by the Public
      Broadcasting Service next Monday.

      The Emma Goldman Papers Project opened its doors to the
      filmmakers, providing research materials and information
      contained in the film, said Barry Pateman, an historian and
      associate editor with the campus-based project. Since 1980,
      the project has collected and edited tens of thousands of
      documents about Goldman. Later this year, University of
      California Press is publishing "Making Speech Free," the
      project’s second in a four-volume American Years series
      about Goldman.

      The 90-minute film, airing on the PBS program "American
      Experience" at 9 p.m. April 12, tells the story of Goldman,
      the anarchist writer and lecturer who spoke fearlessly in
      support of free speech, birth control, women’s rights and
      labor. She spoke out against government and big business,
      but her outspoken opposition to war and World War I, along
      with her protest against the draft, led to the deportation
      of this so-called "most dangerous anarchist in America." She
      was ordered back to her native Russia in 1919, and returned
      just once to the United States before her death in Toronto
      in 1940.

      Pateman said director Mel Bucklin visited the Emma Goldman
      Papers Project in 1997 to review documents and photographic
      material and to interview all project editors. An extensive
      interview with Pateman is interspersed throughout the film,
      and he is credited as one of its advisors.

      Candace Falk, founding director and editor of the Emma
      Goldman Papers, said she is thrilled that the project’s work
      of the past 25 years has helped lay the foundation for
      bringing the deported Goldman firmly back into the "American
      Experience." Falk noted that another documentary, "Anarchist
      Guest" by Coleman Romalis, which aired last year in the
      United States and Canada, also relied heavily on the Emma
      Goldman Papers archive and on staff interviews.

      "I hope the gathering interest represented by the upcoming
      ‘American Experience’ feature on Emma Goldman marks a new
      wave of interest in one of the most eloquent women of the
      20th century, whose words continue to resonate and inspire
      -- especially now," Falk said.

      More information about the Emma Goldman Papers Project is
      available on the project's website:

      Dan Clore

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