Montana Standard, “Mining City History: Emma Goldman comes to Butte”

Not a household name today, Emma Goldman was indeed well known nationally in 1910 as an anarchist, anti-religion zealot, advocate for birth control and homosexual rights, and more. Butte culminated her five-month 1910 tour, which her manager boasted “had not a single encounter with the police.” Among her previous run-ins with the police was an arrest in 1901 following the assassination of William McKinley by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Goldman admitted meeting Czolgosz but disavowed any connection with his act; she was released two weeks later after “third degree” interrogation.

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