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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

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'Her Words Set Me on Fire': Emma Goldman, Leon Czolgosz, and the Assassination of a President

In September of 1901 Leon Czolgosz made Emma Goldman the center of a witch hunt, confessing that her words “set me on fire.” America became obsessed with finding and indicting Goldman for her supposed part in the assassination of President McKinley. Examining the coverage of The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune, the search for Goldman revealed national tensions relating to both anarchy and gender. Although there were marked differences throughout each newspapers’ coverage of Goldman's alleged part in the McKinley assassination, both papers sensationalized Goldman’s politics and gender. Painted as everything from a cold, heartless woman to “the high priestess of anarchy,” Goldman was stigmatized for her politics, and punished for her gender. The newspaper coverage of McKinley’s assassination in September of 1901 and the responses it generated shifted the American public’s opinion of Emma Goldman, as well as Goldman’s perception of herself and her position within the American anarchist movement.

Presenter: Andrea Dougan (SUNY Oswego) -- adougan@oswego.edu
Topic: History II - Panel
Location: 218 Hartwell
Time: 10:30 am (Session II)

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