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Source: Book Notes
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Author(s): Rider, Sidney S.
Date of publication:
26 October 1901
Volume number: 18
Issue number: 22
Pagination: 175

Rider, Sidney S. [untitled]. Book Notes 26 Oct. 1901 v18n22: p. 175.
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freedom of speech (restrictions on); Emma Goldman; McKinley assassination (personal response: anarchists).
Named persons
Leon Czolgosz; Emma Goldman; Hosea M. Knowlton; William McKinley.



     Certain classes of newspapers, in the light of the murder of President McKinley, are denouncing American freedom of speech. I cannot condemn such an infamous legal robbery as the selling of American made goods to all foreigners at half the price exacted by law from the Americans for the same without exciting the anger of those who profit pecuniarily by the robbery. Have I exceeded the right of an American citizen? Am I an Ararchist [sic], a Socialist, or a Communist? and must I “shut up” at the wills of such men? Just now comes this from the Pascoag Herald: “Emma Goldman’s remarks on the assassination of President McKinley and her words of praise for Czolgosz are an emanation from a mind saturated with murder.” The Herald gives credit for the words to the St. Louis Democrat. Now somebody is lying. The Attorney-General of Massachusetts cannot be called an Anarchist. In a speech Mr. Knowlton used this language:
     “What, then, was the cause of the assassination of President McKinley?” The speaker here cited from the explanation of it given by Emma Goldman, who attributed it to despair arising out of ignorance, poverty and bad social conditions—a blow struck with a thought that, public attention called to existing wrongs, it might hasten the remedy.



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