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Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Program #GARS006. Recorded in Boulder, CO on March 01, 1994.

From the time she mounted a soapbox at the age of 15, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was a fiery advocate of social justice and the rights of working people. She was a charismatic speaker and journalist. As editor of The Labor Defender in 1930s she worked with Sender Garlin. She was the author of I Speak My Own Piece and the Alderson Story: My Life as a Political Prisoner. Some of her last years were spent in federal prison in Alderson, WVA having been convicted under the notorious Smith Act. She died in 1964.
Recorded at the University of Colorado as part of International Women's Week.


Sender Garlin

Sender Garlin was  a radical journalist and author of Three American Radicals. Howard Zinn said this about him, "As a reporter, he interviewed such diverse figures as Clarence Darrow, Emma Goldman, Lucy Parsons, Huey Long, Lenin's widow Krupskaya, and Olga Kniper-Chekhova, the Moscow theater star and widow of the great Russian writer. Sender helped form the John Reed Club in the early 1930s and was a founding editor of Partisan Review before he moved on to write for The Masses. His main thrust and satirical barbs were always against the system: the exploitation, the racism, the militaristic nationalism that have plagued this century, whether in the extreme form of Fascism or in more disguised form." Sender Garlin died in 1999. 

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