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Film screening: The Free Voice of Labor

May 16, 2010

The Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists (Paul Avrich, 1980, Duration 58 mins)

UK: Brighton, 21st June 2010, 7.30pm, The Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JA Free/Donation

Blending participant’s interviews with stills, newsreel footage and selections from old motion pictures, this documentary gives a fascinating and penetrating insight into the lives and struggles of Jewish anarchists in the USA. The movement reached its greatest influence between 1880 and World War I but continued through libertarian schools, gatherings, workplace struggles and friendship – publishing a Yiddish anarchist paper until 1980.

Organised by the Cowley Club Library Collective. For more info on The Cowley Club (Brightons collectively run libertarian social centre) see:

Books by Paul Avrich:

* The Russian Anarchists Princeton University Press, 1967; (Les Anarchistes russes; translated by Bernard Mocquot. Paris: Maspero, 1979; other translations in Japanese, Spanish and Italian)
* Kronstadt, 1921 Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1970 (La Tragédie de Cronstadt, 1921; translated by Hervé Denès. Paris: Seuil, 1975; other translations in Spanish and Czech)
* Russian Rebels, 1600-1800 New York: Schocken Books, 1972
* The Anarchists in the Russian Revolution New York: Cornell University Press, 1973 (Gli anarchici nella rivoluzione russa; translated by Michele Buzzi. Milano: La Salamandra, 1976)
* An American Anarchist: The Life of Voltairine de Cleyre 1978
* The Modern School Movement: Anarchism and Education in the United States 1980
* The Haymarket Tragedy 1984
* Anarchist Portraits 1988
* Sacco and Vanzetti, The Anarchist Background 1991
* Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America 1995

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