Tri-County Times (Michigan), “Looking back at this week in national history”

Feb. 11

1916: Emma Goldman, a crusader for women’s rights and social justice, is arrested in New York City for lecturing and distributing materials about birth control. She was accused of violating the Comstock Act of 1873, which made it a federal offense to disseminate contraceptive devices and information through the mail or across state lines. In addition to advocating for women’s reproductive rights, Goldman was a champion of numerous controversial causes and ideas, including anarchism, free speech and atheism.

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